Opposition groups in Egypt have demonstrated against a constitutional amendment that would silence criticism of the regime.
President Hosni Mubarak, a key ally of the US, wants to limit the role of judges in supervising ballot boxes after they exposed widespread fraud in last year’s elections.
The government wants to outlaw political activity based on “any religious reference or basis” – a move that targets the Muslim Brotherhood.
An anti-terrorism clause would give police sweeping powers of arrest and authority to monitor private communications.
Police have cracked down on protests organised by the Kifaya opposition movement.
The demonstrations come as more strikes and peasant rebellions have broken out across the country.
For the latest news from Egypt go to arabist.net/arabawy
For information on the Fifth Cairo Conference, which takes place from 29 March to 1 April, go to www.stopwar.org.uk
They targeted the Egyptian embassy
Imperialism never helped Haiti
A threat to PM Narendra Modi
Plus: interview with Palestinian in Rafah