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Riot policemen stand guard during a protest by activists against a new law restricting demonstrations, in front of Egypt’s Parliament in Cairo on Nov. 27, 2013.
Riot policemen stand guard during a protest by activists against a new law restricting demonstrations, in front of Egypt’s Parliament in Cairo on Nov. 27, 2013.
(AMR ABDALLAH DALSH/REUTERS)

PATRICK MARTIN

As Egypt crushes protest, democracy becomes a dirty word

While all eyes were on Iran earlier this week, and the interim deal limiting its controversial nuclear program, another Middle East nation, Egypt, was launching its own controversial program to blow up most every public protest in the country.

Law 107 of 2013 was signed and issued on Sunday by Egypt’s army-appointed interim president Adly Mansour. Entitled: The Right to Public Meetings, Processions and Peaceful Demonstrations, it is, in reality, anything but the right to demonstrate.