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Muslim Brotherhood won't join Friday's protests

The Muslim Brotherhood today affirmed in a statement that it will not participate in Friday's planned protest, warning of those who want to see tensions break out between the people and the army

Ahram Online, Wednesday 25 May 2011
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The Muslim Brotherhood has announced it will not participate in the second “Friday of Rage” set for 27 May.

In a statement released today, the group said that they are very “worried” about calls which have been circulating asking people to head to Tahrir Square for a “Second Revolution,” or “Revolution of Anger”.

“The anger is directed towards who?” the group asked in a statement. “Who is pushing the people to revolt now?”

The statement said that this event could only mean two things; either it’s a revolution against the majority of the people, or it is an attempt to brew trouble between the people and the armed forces and its representatives in the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

The Muslim Brotherhood then urged the people not to let anyone cause tension, either between them or with the armed forces. They asked people not to participate in Friday’s proposed protest and to only take part in initiatives with clear goals that will help fulfil all the demands of the January 25 Revolution.

“The people from all backgrounds revolted against a repressive regime that tried to work towards the inheritance of power and monopolising the country’s wealth for 30 years, which resulted in creating poverty in the country,” the statement said.

The group added that God helped the Egyptian people who struggled during the Mubarak era and now the ousted president has been transferred to the criminal court on charges of murder and profiteering. Mubarak, the statement said, would also stand trial before a military court for taking commissions on arms deals delegated to him by parliament, which “was controlled by a fake majority which forged the will of the nation.”

“The armed forces played a significant role in answering the demands of the people and protecting the revolution,” said the statement. “They also respected the will of the people by announcing a specific date to transfer power through free and transparent elections.”

The Brotherhood added that the people expressed their desire on how they want the new constitution to be drafted when they voted “Yes” to the constitutional amendments in the 19 March referendum.

“Now it is time for the different political forces in the country to think about how to take Egypt to safety by preparing for the parliamentary elections, either by working shoulder to shoulder, teaming up or competing,” they said in the statement.

They added that to date there is no significant disagreement on the principles of the constitution, which most Egyptian citizens, who should have the last say in a referendum, agree on.

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