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Egyptian Islamist groups to hold open-ended Cairo sit-in on 28 June

Alliance of Islamist groups praised recent statements by the defence minister that the army will protect the 'will' of the Egyptian people

Ahram Online , Monday 24 Jun 2013
Alliance of Islamic Parties : An Open ended Protest for Islamists Next Friday
Supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans during protest around Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in Cairo June 21, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Islamist groups in Egypt, including the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and hardliners Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, announced on Monday that they will hold a demonstration in support of “legitimacy” on 28 June, in response to mass anti-government protests planned for the same day.

An alliance of Islamic parties and groups held a press conference on Monday afternoon to announce plans for the anti-Morsi protests set to be held on 30 June.

The open-ended demonstration and sit-in will be held in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo’s Nasr City under the slogan “legitimacy is a red line,” a reference to the stance of pro-government groups who view opposition attempts to push for early presidential elections as a violation of the democratic process.

"The Islamist parties and groups…will continue to protect legitimacy in Egypt, which includes both the regime and the opposition," said the alliance in a statement issued and read during the press conference.

"It is not about defending President Morsi but rather defending the road map of electoral legitimacy in Egypt," read the statement.

The alliance will also hold a public conference in Assiut on Tuesday and in Alexandria, Tanta, Zagazig and Minya on Wednesday.

"We call on the state to protect the gains of the Egyptian revolution against the counter-revolution and remnants of the Mubarak regime, [who seek] to exploit chaos and division in Egypt," read the statement, which directly accused the anti-Morsi ‘Rebel’ campaign and leading opposition coalition the National Salvation Front (NSF) of seeking violence.

"We are warning people about the Rebel campaign and the National Salvation Front militias," read the statement.

The statement also praised an announcement by Minister of Defence Fattah El-Sisi on Sunday, and called on the armed forces to protect the legitimacy and the will of the Egyptian people. On Sunday, El-Sisi called on Egyptian political powers and parties to reach reconciliation within a week, and said that the armed forces will protect the will of the Egyptian people and will not let anyone “terrorise” the people.

The parties also condemned the attack against Egyptian Shias in Giza last Sunday, when four Shias were killed by an angry mob.

The statement also affirmed that, despite some reports that figures at last Friday’s Islamist pro-Morsi rally made inflammatory statements, such figures were only speaking as individuals.

"We are not calling for violence; on the contrary, we will not start the violence," read the statement.

The statement’s signatories included the Freedom and Justice Party, the Salafist Front and its political arm the People Party, and Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and its political arm the Building and Development Party.

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24-06-2013 07:50pm
Islam Has To Prevail..
Others made clear that a Muslim ruler cannot rule them no matter what may. Here what is left for Muslims is to be forced under the rule of a ruler from a secular who is hostile to Islam and it's adherents Muslims as was Mubarak and others. The only other option is for real Muslims to build upon their successes at the elections and expand their current rule by protecting for what they won by fair and square elections. A language for a non Muslim is his language dialogue -vis a vis- dailogue or violance vis-avis violence. Vivo Egypt.
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