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Egypt Prepares Draft Law on ‘Political Thuggery,’ Ahram Says

Egypt’s government has drafted a law to combat “political thuggery,” in what it describes as an attempt to “protect the revolution and the society” from criminals and achieve security and stability, state-run Ahram newspaper reported today.

The draft law criminalizes causing damage to buildings, historical monuments and other public property, disrupting traffic and transportation, obstructing work at public interest facilities, and violation of the freedom to work, Ahram said.

The law aims at countering “anti-revolutionary elements attempting to use criminals to achieve their own political interests,” the Cairo-based paper said.

Blocking roads and striking have been widely used recently in Egypt as a form of protest.

To contact the reporter on this story: Salma El Wardany in Cairo at selwardany@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Andrew J. Barden at barden@bloomberg.net

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