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Egypt's Jamaa Islamiya is out, but Salafis will join Persistence Friday

Islamists are split over participation on Persistence Friday due to a lack of clarity over demands

Ahram Online, Wednesday 6 Jul 2011
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Islamists protest in Cairo near the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)
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The Coalition of Salafi Youth has declared that they will be participating in next Friday's demonstrations, dubbed Persistence Friday. The coalition has called on all to participate, but without voicing their political views or putting forward any factional demands.

The coalition said its decision to participate came after the realisation that there was no transparency in the way ex-regime and corrupt figures are being tried. They also objected to the slow pace with which trials are unfolding and demanded the cleansing of the ministry of interior and the media.

The coalition said it rejected the idea that 8 July demonstrations be used to voice demands for forming a civil committee for drafting the constitution or drafting a new constitution before the elections. They added that such demands will be used to create divisions between the demonstrators.

The coalition also condemned the release of ex-regime figures and the way martyrs’ families’ demands have been ignored.

These statements come as head of Shoura committee of the Jamaa Islamiya, Essam Derbala has confirmed that the Islamic group will not be participating. He said that the demonstrations planned for 8 July are not in harmony with the majority decision on the referendum which approved the amendments proposed. 

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James Munro
08-07-2011 06:45pm
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"A million people have gathered in Tahrir Sq again. People are now calling for the downfall of heads of the army. A post-Mubarak authoritarian govt is not meant to be. Sharif Abdel Koddous is in Tahrir Sq right now tweeting live @SharifKouddous covering the massive protests today. Check out this report he filed in for Democracy Now!: http://www.democracynow.org/tags/egypt "
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