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WASHINGTON – There’s a new protest under way in Egypt today.

Demonstrations are planned throughout the country to defend the wearing of beards by police officers, a religious right Salafists say is guaranteed under Shariah law.

The Egyptian media are reporting the protest by the same Islamists who rioted over a film they claimed insulted Muhammad. They have declared the protest will be held from Omar Mosque to Tahrir Square after Friday prayers in solidarity with bearded officers, according to Walid Shoebat, an anti-Islamist activist who translates Arabic-language media into English.

Shoebat is the author of “God’s War on Terror.”

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