Court rejects lawsuit to impose curfew on 28 November


The Judicial Administrative Court has refused to discuss a lawsuit, filed to oblige the Egyptian government to announce a curfew on 28 November.

The court clarified that a curfew could only be discussed under a state of emergency announced by the government, which has not yet occurred.

The Salafist Front in Egypt have designated 28 November as the start date for a so-called ‘Islamic Revolution’, with Islamists in the country calling for the overthrow of the regime.

The ultra-conservative front called on its allies to protest on 28 November to “impose the Islamic identity without disguise,” according to a statement by the organisation.

The front is one of Egypt’s extremist movements that emerged in the wake of the 2011 revolution.

The outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, under the umbrella of the ‘National Coalition to Support Legitimacy’, have joined the call for protests, which is aimed at overthrowing what they describe as “military rule”.

On Sunday, the outlawed MB organisation supported the protests, stressing that it comes in response to the “secular attempts to weaken the Islamic identity and Sharia”.

The Salafist Front stressed it has plans to deal with security services should they attempt to disrupt the protests.

For its part, Ministry of Interior spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif said in an interview on the privately-owned Al-Tahrir Channel, that any threat to police facilities “will be met with force and if necessary with live rounds”.

However, Egypt’s Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab said that security will not be using force against demonstrators on 28 November unless absolutely necessary.