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April 6 group condemns call for revenge on Egyptian authorities

Several Egyptian and Arab Islamic groups last week called for "resistance" against Egypt's authorities

Ahram Online , Tuesday 2 Jun 2015
Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel
Political activists Ahmed Maher (C) and Mohamed Adel (R) of the 6 April movement look on from behind bars in Abdeen court in Cairo, December 22, 2013 (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt’s banned April 6 Youth Movement has condemned as an “incitement of violence” a recent statement by several Egyptian and Arab Islamic clerical groups urging revenge on Egyptian authorities for a crackdown on Islamists.

Ten clerical groups from Egypt, Lebanon, Palestine, Mauritania, Sudan and Morocco called in a statement last week for “retribution” and “resistance against the criminal, murderous ruling system in Egypt" for what they describe as the "military coup" against former Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in 2013 and a state crackdown that has left "thousands unjustly killed and jailed.”

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, which has opposed the ouster of the Islamist president, lauded the statement which was signed by over 150 Islamic clerics, adding that the communiqué had confirmed “that resistance to the coup is a religious duty.” 

The April 6 group said in a statement on Tuesday it was deeply concerned about the call, describing it as “an incitement to violence, which is destructive to any remaining social peace among Egyptians".

“The group categorically rejects any reference or allusion to using violence against any Egyptian group that happens to belong to a state institution,” it added.

The movement, which helped ignite the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak in 2011 but was banned by a court ruling last year, warned that such calls might be used by authorities to ”discredit the popular movement... and crack down on political dissent.”

Morsi was removed from office in July 2013, following massive protests against his sole year in office. 

Egypt's authorities have since mounted a fierce crackdown on Islamists.

For almost two years now, the post-Morsi government has been battling militant Islamist groups, including an Islamic State affiliate in the restive North Sinai, who have carried out deadly attacks against security forces.  

The Islamist insurgency has claimed the lives of hundreds of police and army soldiers.

Courts have also meted out tough jail sentences to thousands of Morsi supporters as well as the death penalty to tens on charges of terrorism, incitement to violence and murder among others.

The government has also jailed a number of non-Islamist activists, including leaders of April 6, on charges of violating the restrictive 2013 protest law.

Egypt designated the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group in late 2013, but the group has repeatedly said it is committed to peaceful change.

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02-06-2015 06:32pm
Terrorists come in all shapes, sizes and names but they are all one
Where are all these international human rights organizations, when such statements are addressed to terrorize mankind and directly incite to kill people? We only hear their ugly voice the minute it concerns supporting and sponsoring murderers and terrorists, but never the victims of terrorism?! On 29/4/2015, USA today published the arrest of an American woman in East Point, Georgia, for just trying to incite people to kill all white police officers in social media posting. Please any sane man or woman, explain to me what is the difference between this American woman’s incitement to kill through social media and MB who are not just inciting to kill through the internet, but they actually do kill people in Egypt? All those who support terrorism in the entire world, they are nothing but a LIST OF SHAME.
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03-06-2015 11:55am
There is big difference here
American cops didn't do any genocide of protesters, other wise that woman would be right.

02-06-2015 05:04pm
Criminals should be punished, doesn't matter if he is president of Egypt
If criminals are not punished then there will be no justice in the world and there will chaos all over.
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03-06-2015 07:41pm
Hey farhan the Muslim brotherhood terrorists are not happy with you.
You have not been slacking with your fake pro brotherhood votes, you are required to register at least 1200+ votes or else !!!
03-06-2015 12:06pm
@Steve, terrorist Sisi is the criminal here
He is responsible for genocide of Egyptians, He should be punished whatever way possible.
02-06-2015 10:04pm
Those who R humble need not advertise. Humility is nothing to boast about, Ikwan
When facts are obvious, easily perceived or understood; clear, self-evident, or apparent. Judgement is easy.
02-06-2015 08:35pm
Who are you to refer to someone as "criminal"? Why is it, in Egypt especially, the people have become judges, jurors, and executioners when it comes to "labeling" someone as a criminal? Why don't you do your homework and check the facts before you start labeling? In my humble opinion, April 6th, January 25th, June 30th have a right to protest against this farce of a government and they are NOT criminal for doing so!

02-06-2015 04:49pm
A call for more terrorism by ten clerical groups. Ten no less...
You wonder what function these clerics serve when behind the fake pretense of religion and God, they advocate terrorism and death.
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