Assistant Minister of Interior Abdel Fatah Othman told “Honest” television channel in a phone call Saturday that the period of sit-ins and occupying major squares has passed.
Othman added that security forces did not allow the Muslim Brotherhood to hold a sit-in on Saturday at Matariya square, Cairo.
The assistant minister referred that the Ministry of Interior developed security plans the uprisings in different governorates, pointing out that security forces used electronic gates for the first time at Tahrir Square and deployed secret policemen within the demonstrations in the square.
The military-backed interim government, installed after the ouster President Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013, has met anti-government protests with increasing force. In November a controversial protest law was passed, limiting the freedom to protest.
The government used this law to justify dispersing demonstrations and arresting protesters, for instance during the celebration of the January 25 Revolution on Saturday.
Additional reporting by Ahmed Zyada.