Egypt Court Adjourns Hearing Into Criminalization Of 'Rabaa Salute'
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
By Sayed Fathi
CAIRO - An Egyptian court on Tuesday adjourned to April 8 a hearing into a lawsuit calling for the criminalization of the four-fingered "Rabaa salute," which commemorates hundreds of pro-democracy protesters killed last summer in Cairo and Giza.
An Egyptian lawyer had earlier filed the lawsuit to demand that the government outlaw the now-famous hand sign on grounds that it posed a threat to Egypt`s "national security."
Hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi were killed last August when their twin protest camps in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares were violently cleared by security forces.
Ever since, pro-democracy demonstrators have used the iconic salute during protests staged to condemn Morsi`s ouster by the army last summer.
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