Activists arrested following dispersal of downtown protest, second in one day.
Police forces dispersed another Tuesday protest in Cairo`s downtown thirty minutes after it commenced, arresting several activists after using water cannons and teargas, the day after a new controversial protest law was issued.
Activists Mona Seif and Salma Saed were among those arrested, after staging a protest outside the Shura Council against a constitutional article allowing civilians to be tried before military courts.
According to Ahram Online`s reporter, police forces used water cannons and then teargas to disperse the rally in a few minutes. Police then arrested a number of protesters.
An earlier protest against the new anti-protest law was similarly dispersed on Monday. The demonstration was led by the Martyr Gaber Salah Movement, a group named after sixteen-year old activist Gaber Salah ("Jika"), who was killed in clashes with security forces in November 2012.
Several groups called for protests on Tuesday in defiance of the controversial protest law approved by interim president Adly Mansour on Sunday.
The law was slammed by numerous political groups as "repressive."
Particularly controversial articles include requiring protest organizers to notify authorities three days in advance of a protest`s demands and imposing heavy jail terms and fines on individuals who break the law.
[This article originally appreared on Ahram Online.]