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Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya will demonstrate against protest law if ratified

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Secretary General of Building and Development Party says interim government ‘cannot live without repressive laws’

The Islamist Building and Development Party said that it would demonstrate against the protest law if the draft is ratified by interim President Adly Mansour.

Secretary General of the Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s political wing Alaa Abul Nasr said to state owned Al-Ahram that the interim government is trying to pass the law before the current state of emergency expires on 14 November. He said the proposed protest law is “an alternative emergency law,” adding “they cannot live without repressive laws suppressing freedoms.”

On Wednesday presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi expressed the presidency’s “keenness on issuing the Protest Law soon.”

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya was a staunch supporter of former President Mohamed Morsi during his time in office and opposed his ouster in July.

Rights groups have also opposed the proposed protest law saying that it creates a permanent state of emergency and one group believes it violates international human rights law. At the end of October hundreds marched in downtown Cairo to oppose the law.

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