Egypt Revives Emergency Law


An Egyptian army soldier sits on his vehicle beside an Egyptian flag outside the police academy where the trial of Egypt's former President Hosni Mubarak will take place in Cairo September 11, 2011. The head of Egypt's ruling army council, Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, postponed his appearance at the trial of ousted president Hosni Mubarak, saying he was busy with the security situation, media reported on Sunday days after a spike in anti-Israel violence.

Despite a promise to end emergency law in the country, Egypt’s military rulers said they would reintroduce it after protesters attacked the Israeli Embassy last week. State security forces also raided the office of an Al Jazeera affiliate yesterday, a news outlet that regularly covers street protests. Activists and politicians are concerned that the military rulers are reneging on reform pledges just eight months after protesters toppled the regime of Hosni Mubarak. Relations with Israel are becoming strained, and Egypt said it would crack down on security after an angry mob stormed the Israeli Embassy on Friday night, sending its diplomats fleeing to safety.