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April 6 withdraws support from post-Morsi roadmap, protests jailing of comrades

April 6 Youth Movement accuses interim regime of taking revenge on January 25 Revolution activists

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Dec 2013
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Members of April 6 Youth Movement during a rally in Cairo, April 2013 (Photo: AP)
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The April 6 Youth Movement announced Sunday that it will drop its support for Egypt's transitional roadmap, put into effect following the ouster 3 July of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, after three prominent activists were slammed with harsh jail sentences.

On Sunday, an Egyptian misdemeanour court sentenced April 6 leading figures Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and revolutionary activist Ahmed Douma to three years in jail and a LE50,000 fine each on charges including organising illegal protests.

The defendants are accused of assaulting police officers during a demonstration outside a Cairo court where Maher was handing himself in for questioning over allegations he had organised an illegal protest.

“The roadmap included procedures that would provide transitional justice. However, the actions of the regime only reflect a justice of revenge against activists and icons of the revolution,” Amr Ali, general coordinator of April 6, said during a press conference Sunday.

Ali added that the roadmap is now useless due to the oppressive tactics adopted by interim authorities.

“We now announce the death of the roadmap … What is pursued by the current regime is a coup against the January 25 Revolution and its goals,” he added.

Egypt's transitional roadmap, issued by the army in agreement with a number of political forces after Morsi's removal, envisages an amended constitution (to be put to a referendum in a month) and parliamentary and presidential elections to follow by mid-2014.

The April 6 Youth Movement backed Morsi in the 2012 presidential race as he faced off with Mubarak-era premier Ahmed Shafiq. The group later joined protests against the Muslim Brotherhood, vigorously mobilising for Morsi’s ouster.

Ali added and the Way of the Revolution front, an anti-military and anti-Muslim Brotherhood bloc of which April 6 is a member, will organise a protest on Monday at 5pm at Opera Square in Downtown Cairo to denounce the continued detention of Maher, Adel and Douma.

“We are not against the transitional phase or the roadmap, but we are against oppression and deviations,” said Ali, underlining that his group will continue protesting until they put an end to the controversial protest law enacted recently.

Ali clarified that April 6 would not coordinate with members of the Muslim Brotherhood, who also oppose the post-3 July political roadmap.

The passing of the protest law on 24 November — nearly 10 days after a three-month state of emergency, in place since the ouster of Morsi, was lifted — has been viewed by rights activists as a tool for cracking down on public dissent.

Meanwhile, speaking to the press after the announcement of the verdict against the three activists, Mostafa Maher, brother of April 6 founder Ahmed Maher, accused the interim regime of following the path of past regimes by defaming "the revolution's revolutionaries and symbols" and fabricating facts, adding that it might face a fate similar to that of Mubarak soon.

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ashok
23-12-2013 12:24pm
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habbit
the people of Egypt have lived under occupation of the army for more then 40 years, now living free does not suits them hence once again they opted to be slaves of soup leaders
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Shakeel
23-12-2013 12:04pm
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Hypocrites
So basically they are saying that they are not against coup state terrorism as long as it does not touch them they are against it when it harms them others dont count
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ConfusedEgyptian
23-12-2013 11:11am
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why break the law??
Just because you are an activist does not mean you are above the law. Protest law is to bring law and order to Egypt and everyone must respect that for the sake of the poor Egyptians who cant make a living because of the rich people blocking the roads.
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Samantha Criscione
23-12-2013 10:06am
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April 6 and the Brotherhood: 2 fingers on the same hand
April 6 and its allies have been playing the role of political frontmen for the Brotherhood for over two years, with both the April 6 provocateurs and the Brotherhood being 'advised' by the same outside powers, so the claim that April 6 is not "coordinating" with the Brotherhood is a joke. The Brotherhood will provide manpower for these demonstrations, instructing their people to keep a low profile, and April 6 & associates will claim that people are flocking to their cause. Regarding the sentences handed down to Maher and friends, hopefully the judiciary will not back down on appeal. The protest law is a necessity, given the use of so-called 'protests' by the Brotherhood (and their April 6 friends) to destabilize and terrorize the country. If the attempt to sabotage the law by staging illegal and violent demonstrations is not punished according to the terms of the law, then the law would be nullified and the Brotherhood would enjoy a big boost to its campaign of terror. -- Samantha Criscione
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John
23-12-2013 07:57am
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Egyptian are not rightfull for democracy..if they wants democracy why come out against morsi.they need stick .and they take advantage from morsi softness
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Yubyub Galoompie
23-12-2013 12:54am
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Lieutenant General Excellency
Ali Wigwa, we saw you with the little boy behind the market place doing that naughty thing. For shame on you!
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daniel nerriere
22-12-2013 11:06pm
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we told you so!
anyone who thought that relying on Sissi and his cohort of leftover judges from Mubarack era would bring democratie to Egypt was simply put either dumb or incompetent; maybe both.
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Allen
23-12-2013 01:25am
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Irony of it all
A completely illiterate joke calling others incompetent or dumb, explains why you are the follower of a terrorist organization
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George Beshoy, Shubra
22-12-2013 09:43pm
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your awakening has come too late
Perhaps you should atone fo your betrayal of President Mursi. Perhaps we are too cheapn and undignified ourselves to deserve a president like Mursi.
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abdulrahman
23-12-2013 05:14pm
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Time To Inform All Egyptian
Crying over spoilt broth will not help. Organize and mobilize every individual to spread the evil of the current illegal leadership who were not invited to dictate their will on the majority of Egyptians. Call all Egyptians to boycott the constitutional referendum. Attending and voting "no" will be useless as it will help them to cheat. look at the manner they are intimidating the judges who are not bowing to them. The future of Egypt cannot be left to the military and the crooked secularists. 50 illegitimate persons appointed by illegitimate regime should not be allowed to prevail. Therefore boycott the referendum.
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