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Liberals, leftists demand Morsi investigate 'Brotherhood's assault' on protest

Liberal and leftist forces charge the Brotherhood attacked the pro-democracy demonstration on the 'Friday of Accountability'; demand immediate investigation

Nada Hussein Rashwan, Saturday 13 Oct 2012
Liberal, leftist political forces demand investigation into Friday
Liberal, leftist political forces met at the Popular Current office in Cairo on Saturday (Courtesy of Popular Current Website)
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Liberal and leftist political groups and parties demand president Morsi open an investigation immediately into violent clashes that left hundreds injured in Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday afternoon.

A demonstration against the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi (who hails from the Brotherhood), turned violent reportedly when Morsi supporters attacked the square, prompting confrontations between pro- and anti-Morsi groups.

"What happened on Friday was that thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members occupied Tahrir Square in an attempt to suppress the voice of Morsi opponents and those that denounced his failure to execute his electoral programme during the first hundred days in office" reads a statement released by the group of liberal and leftist political parties and groups who had organised and participated the "Friday of Accountability" protest.

Originally, Friday's demonstrations aimed to denounce the new constitution proposed by an Islamist-heavy Constituent Assembly, which protesting groups decry as unrepresentative of all Egyptian citizens. Protesters were also to condemn what they describe as Morsi's failure to deliver on promises by the 100-day deadline.

However, the call for Friday's protests took an unexpected turn when the Brotherhood decided to hold a protest in the square after a court ruling initiated a series of events.

Twenty-one Mubarak-regime figures accused of plotting the murder of protesters on 2 February 2011 in what is known as the Battle of the Camel were acquitted by the criminal court on Thursday.

Considering the pattern of acquittals of ex-regime security, police and officials, Morsi tried to remove Prosecutor General Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud by offering him an ambassadorial position at the Vatican.

Mahmoud, however, was recalcitrant and claimed the president had no such authority to move him from his position as prosecutor general and stayed put.

The liberals and leftists, then, added to their list of Friday demands that the prosecutor general be removed.

The Brotherhood seconded that demand and said they would join the Friday protests.

"If the ruling party [the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party] attempted yesterday to tarnish the image of peaceful protests to divert attention from their demands, then we still hold on to a peaceful revolution and we will still reject any violence" continued the statement.

Clashes began in the early afternoon when some protesters began chanting against the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi. They were attacked with stones in response and a stage belonging to leftist Nasserist Hamdeen Sabbahi's political group, the Popular Current, was destroyed.

The Muslim Brotherhood has vehemently denied responsibility for the clashes, claiming its members were not in the square before 4pm.

Signatories to the statement include socialist movement the Popular Egyptian Current, liberal Constitution Party; Egyptian Social Democratic Party; April 6 Youth Movement (Democratic Front), Socialist Popular Alliance Party, Revolutionary Forces Coalition; Free Front for Peaceful Change; Youth for Justice and the Freedom group.

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mo
14-10-2012 11:36am
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new regime beating revolutionaries, like the old regime.
no difference at all between ikhwan and NDP. both are against democratic protestors, and beat them to shut them up. this is the same as 25th Jan. Ikhwan got good training from NDP for setting up militia. Now please, dont speak of islam and god...Ikhwan has nothing to do with both. Just money, power and mafia.
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Sara
14-10-2012 08:24am
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After election you will know
I really wish Muslim brothers did not go to TAHREER square not because they do not have the right to but to leave political parties show us their lies THere were couple thousands not a Million as they claim behind them and they had a laughable demand change the regime as we are changing dressers and they were chanting against Dr.Morsi and MB so it was NOT a question about 100 days and if were left alone they would end as ABu Named protest in August those phony parties gain propaganda from what happened . Hit dislike as you want but in next elections you will know that most Egyptians are smart enough and know who is phony and who is not and who most Egyptians want to rule them
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Kariman ABdullah, Helwan
14-10-2012 06:37am
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Get out of the BOX
Honesty and kindness,..., are personal attributes defined in most religions. Doing business and development is controlled by management, technology and science. Brotherhood cult killed its Morshed and embarked on criminal acts for decades. They hijacked merciful Islam.
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Omar Hassan, Alex
14-10-2012 06:32am
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Keep Religion at Home
After decades of military dictatorship and loss of social awarness; egypt is in disarray and confused. ANy religion is based on sprituality and absolut faith. Both are good for personal use; but not modern society and technology. Say no religious dictatorship in Egypt. Pres. Morsi is a mechanical engineer and PM Kandeel is hydrologist.
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Peter
14-10-2012 06:02am
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A contradiction in term
I, too, lived in the US for a long time. Once a party wins the election there, the defeated party accepts the result and returns to work. Here the hypocritical left are shouting in rejection of the outcome of democracy. They try to abuse and harasss a democratically-electedPresident. Some people have even called for assassinating him. They accuse the entire people of making the wrong choice. In truth, the left and democracy are a contradiction in terms.
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mumby
14-10-2012 04:25am
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Law n order
Authority should investigate the clashes.No one should be above the law.Use video as proof in investigation,prosecute who did wrong/aggressive who. ever they are leftist or Islamist.Don't much listen to argument.
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Egyptian
13-10-2012 11:20pm
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Egypt The Free
i lived in America for 38 years and now back in Egypt , what i see is sad , a new dictatorship is on the rise , worse than anything you can imagine , same as the Nazis ,there is more poverty , one small group terrorizing and intimidating the entire population , enough that group must be outlawed in Egypt , and we Egyptians will never submitt to a dictatorship again never ever again , i can tell you that that Nazi group will ultimately be defeated by the people of Egypt , Egyptians have had enough of this group and its dictator , the poor are getting poorer and we Egyptians will not be hostages in our own country by any one or group , Egypt will be free , dictators can nevere win against the will of the great Egyptian people , ll we want is freedom and respect as human beings !
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Sam
14-10-2012 07:59am
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Egypt the free
Hey Egyptian, did you forget who elected the Brother Hood?, the same Egyptian people .
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Alam.Port Said, Egypt
13-10-2012 08:13pm
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you same to hate Muslims
Neter is wrong. Politics needs not be dirty. Religion cleanses politics of dirt and dishonesty. Besides why are you not against Christian democratic parties which rule much of Europe and the West? You seem to reserve you venom for Muslims! That is sad.
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Sam
14-10-2012 08:06am
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Hate Muslims?
Hey Alam, i agree that most of the west is Christians, the one thing that you will never be able to get through your thick scull is wha we call democracy, and we don't kill or prosecute for insulting Christianity, think about it!!!
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Neter
13-10-2012 07:30pm
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President Morsi - why so silent?
President Morsi - why so silent? Should the President have not issued some kind of statement about these clashes by now? He is highly vociferous when it comes to Free Syria Rebels but the Free Egypt ones don't appear to get much attention! Well there is photographic evidence at least of the culprits responsible for pulling apart the podium where Liberals/Leftists were due to speak. Have they been arrested yet? Confirmation of their membership of the Freedom and Justice Party would then be but a step away. I'm sorry to say that as someone with direct experience of living under Shiite Fanatics in Iran, the Egyptian version looks little better. Together with the Jewish extremists and American Christian fundamentalists, they could all throw a party together. I'm sure they would get on like a house on fire!Religion and democracy - contradiction in terms....
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Jack, Beirut
13-10-2012 07:09pm
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Leftist = bankruptcy
The leftists: just big mouths, and no credibility.
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A.K.
18-10-2012 01:32pm
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Dear Jack,
I am not from the right, left or centre or even the MB, and I am willing to listen to your comment. Could you please explain your views further.
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