Hundreds of protesters marched to the presidential palace in Ettehadiya Saturday evening demanding the abolishment of the Protest Law, which was passed by interim president Adly Mansour last November. The controversial law imposes strict limitations on the right to assembly.
According to activists, over 1,000 people have been prosecuted or convicted under the law. A campaign was launched earlier this month asking interim president Adly Mansour, who currently holds legislative power, to abolish the law and release all those detained for allegedly violating it. The campaign was launched by the Revolutionary Path Front in collaboration with the April 6 Youth Movement, the Revolutionary Socialists and the Freedom for the Brave campaign.
Al-Dostour Party, the Popular Current Party and the Strong Egypt Party announced their participation in the march and their support for its demands.
The march, which started in Saray al-Qubba and continued to the presidential palace, had protestors chanting for the freedom of detainees and against military rule. It marks the largest collective demonstration by political forces on the ground since the anniversary of the January 25 revolution, when hundreds were arrested in nationwide protests.
Several activists, whose names are most associated with the 2011 revolution, are among those sentenced under the Protest Law. April 6 Youth Movement founders Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, as well as activist Ahmed Douma, were sentenced to three years in jail for allegedly violating it. Appeals on the verdict for the three activists were rejected earlier this month.
Minor scuffles broke out between the participants of the march and individuals affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood. The organizers of the march announced that they had ended the function before independent participants began throwing rocks at security forces, who responded with tear gas.
Barbed wire separated protesters from security forces and tanks guarding the palace.