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Egypt's Brotherhood calls for unity with revolution groups

The Muslim Brotherhood calls for talks on coordinating stances and activities amid tense atmosphere with other secular political groups

Ahram Online , Wednesday 3 Dec 2014
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Protests in 2011 when Islamists, liberal and leftist groups participated against proposed supra-constitutional principles (Photo: Mai Shahin)
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called on "fellow revolutionaries" to communicate and collaborate as Islamists and other pro-revolutionary groups — known to be rivals — protest the recent verdict clearing ousted president Hosni Mubarak of criminal charges. 
 
"[We call for] serious and deep dialogue among the fellows of the revolution on the future of the country," the Brotherhood said in a statement Wednesday.
 
The statement also called for "ongoing communication and good coordination in stances and activities among all fellows of the revolution and specific identification of goals." 
 
The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) — an umbrella group led by the banned Muslim Brotherhood has vowed to protest against the court verdict that dropped charges against Mubarak over involvement in the killing of protesters in the 2011 uprising. 
 
However, a number of pro-revolution parties and groups organised under the umbrella of the recently formed Democratic Current said this week it would not coordinate with the Brotherhood in any of its activities.
 
The Democratic Current includes the Constitution Party, the Nasserist Popular Current, Strong Egypt Party, Bread and Freedom Party, April 6 Youth Movement, Youth for Justice and Freedom and Resistance student movement.
 
Shortly after the verdict was announced Saturday, about 3,000 people from various revolutionary groups protested near Tahrir Square where millions brought down Mubarak in February 2011. However, as Islamist loyalists attempted to join the protests, tense disagreements erupted among the two rival groups. Police dispersed the crowds leaving two people dead. 
 
Since the 2011 uprising, disagreements have surfaced between Islamists, mainly the Brotherhood, and other groups at several political turning points. In June 2013, many groups protested against then-president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Brotherhood. He was eventually deposed with the army's backing. 
 
The government subsequently launched a heavy crackdown on the Brotherhood.
 
Rivalry persisted between the Islamist group and secular political groups who say the Brotherhood did not uphold the demands of the 2011 uprising when in power. 
 
This is the second time the Brotherhood has made such a call. No dialogue or effective coordination has been seen as a result to date.
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Allen
03-12-2014 11:39pm
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Oh this is a dream come true ... Where do we rush to sign up for the brotherhood terrorist organization
What qualifications do we need... How to smuggle explosives??... How to wire together explosives??... Drive by shooting perhaps??...chopping heads off???... Vandalism, and violence??...
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Michael Hikmat, Beirut
03-12-2014 10:12pm
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I give the MB the benefit of the doubt, they have been been betrayed by the pseudo-revolutionaries
History will tell that the MB is the most honorable and dignified revolutionary group in the Arab world. That is why it is so much hated by Israel and the west.
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Sam Enslow
03-12-2014 09:54pm
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Remembef
Remember The Fairmont Agreement and howThe Brotherhood forgot it as soon as they gained power. The calk from Tahir Square was, "No to military rule and no to theocratic rule.' There is an only saying, "Fool me once shame on you. Fool me twice shame on me."
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Salameh Salameh
04-12-2014 11:07am
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No real democracy under military fascism
The Sissi constitution (article 74) bars Islamists from taking part in political life, but the 2012 constitution allowed everyone regardless of his or her ideology to form political parties. The Ikhwan are the safety valve in Egypt, in their absence terror, tyrany and police state reign.
GeorgeS87@hotmail.com
04-12-2014 11:03am
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George Sedqi
The MB would be correct in rejecting Sissi democracy...we saw how this democracy was played out in Algeria in 1992, in Egypt in 2013 and Palestine in 2006. Democracy in the Arab world is allowed to succeed only if secularists and enemies of Islam are involved, but when Islamists win election, Israel's agents and deep state carry out military coups and destroy human rights and civil liberties.
Hameed Khan
04-12-2014 10:57am
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MB= spells honesty
The MB never said "no to democratic rule." It is imperative to speak honestly. The MP is not perfect, but it is the most honest movement in the Arab world. It is also the most persecuted political group....especially at the hands of Klepto-cracies ruling Egypt, Saudi Arabia, UAE and Jordan.
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