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Amid transition, more Egyptians cling to safety of long-hated emergency law - The Washi... - 1 views

  • A broad swath of society — from glassworkers to accountants, Christians to Islamists — say the emergency law is one of the few things keeping them safe.
  • “We’ve taken the emergency law for 30 years. One more year won’t make a difference.”
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  • Many police officers have withdrawn from the streets; tales of theft and violence sweep neighborhoods, and in Imbaba, an impoverished area of Cairo on the west bank of the Nile, some residents say they don’t dare walk the streets unarmed.
  • Now, many residents say, the few police who are on the streets are polite, even cautious. And the military has taken over the security functions of the country — something its soldiers aren’t trained to do.
  • military justice
  • rights groups here estimate that at least 5,000 people have been detained since the military took over the criminal justice system at the end of January.
  • In a sign of how much tables have turned, one human rights group recently went to the police to initiate a complaint against a military officer.
    The protests that toppled President Hosni Mubarak were driven in large part by hatred of the 30-year-old emergency law that gives the government broad powers to censor and detain citizens. But in a sign of the topsy-turvy world that Egyptians now live in, many here say they want the law to stay for the time being.
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