Egypt activists, eyewitnesses to rebut SCAF's version of Maspero deaths Thursday
Political and human rights activists arrange for a press conference for eyewitness accounts on Maspero clashes on Thursday to challenge the army's claim it did not attack protesters first
Nada Hussein Rashwan, Wednesday 12 Oct 2011
Army clashes with protesters at Maspero on 9 October 2011 (Photo:Reuters)
A group of political and human rights activists announced Wednesday that they are planning to hold a press conference Thursday to respond to the ruling military council's version of the bloody clashes that took place at Maspero, Cairo on 9 October.
25 people were killed and and 329 injured by the end of a night that started with thousands of peaceful protesters attempting to reach the site of the TV building to hold a rally for equal rights for Egypt's Coptic minority.
The activists response to SCAF has been called by The Revolution Youth Coalition, the Workers Democratic Party, The Popular Committees to defend the revolution, Revolutionary Socialists, the Popular Socialist Alliance Party and the National Front for Freedom and Justice.
Activists will feature eyewitness accounts that they say contradict the army's assertion that its units at the scene were attacked by some in the protests, and that the army did not 'intentionally' run over peaceful protesters with armoured military vehicles.
The activists' press conference is set to take place at the headquarters of the liberal Tahrir daily newspaper in Dokki on Thursday 13 October at 12pm.