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'Third Square' protest in Alexandria calls for end to military rule

The new movement opposes both the Muslim Brotherhood and the involvement of the military in politics

Ahram Online , Thursday 1 Aug 2013
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Views: 1943

Dozens of activists from the “Third Square” movement gathered Wednesday in front of the University of Alexandria to denounce what they describe as military control of the state, Ahram's Arabic website reported.

The “Third Square” movement is a new campaign which opposes both the Muslim Brotherhood and the military which removed the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi from the presidency.

Mahmoud Eleiba, the movement’s coordinator in the Mediterranean governorate of Alexandria, said that the gathering is intended to call for the “prosecution of all the officials who corrupted political life in Egypt or had their hands stained with [Egyptian] blood, be they army, feloul [remnants of Mubarak’s regime], or the Muslim Brotherhood.”

He has also stressed the need to “purge” the interior ministry, especially after the return of the departments to combat extremism and monitor political and religious activities, and of officials who served under Mubarak's notorious interior minister Habib El-Adly.

Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim announced on Saturday that the departments, which were shut down after the 2011 revolution, were being restored.  

Eleiba also called for presidential elections to be held within three months, criticising the current roadmap set in place by the military for having no set dates for the transitional period.

The roadmap, announced on 3 July after the removal of Morsi from office, mandates that the 2012 constitution be amended, to be followed by parliamentary and then presidential elections. 

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01-08-2013 05:40am
I don't know what they want
Where is the Military rule? They don't want some institution in the country that can identify threats to the sovereignty? They want to go against the Army now? The roadmap is the correct way which should have been done the first time. Constitution first to define powers, then Parliament, then you elect a President. This movement is nothing but an attempt to throw a rift between Army and people, because they know (the one's behind the movement not their little sheep in the frontline here like April 6 who just came back from the US btw) - the Army has protected Egypt and the citizens and nothing else. They are dropping like flies in Sinai and they accuse them of having blood on their hands? Treason is all I can say to these people...traitors to their country to try to whip up the people again against the Army like they did before.
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