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Political parties blast SCAF 'conspiracy' against Abbasiya protesters

At Sunday presser, 42 political parties and movements accuse SCAF of attempting to deprive incoming president of rightful authority, standing behind Abbasiya violence

Ahram Online, Sunday 6 May 2012
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Forty-two different political parties held a press conference on Sunday at which they issued a joint statement accusing Egypt’s ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) of "manoeuvring to deprive Egypt's incoming president of his rightful authorities" and of standing behind the recent bloodshed in Cairo's Abbasiya district. 

The political forces participating at the conference pointed out that this weekend's Abbassiya demonstrations had been held to protest attempts by the SCAF to remain in power and hinder this month's presidential elections.

According to a timeline laid down by the SCAF, the military should hand over power to a civilian authority by 30 June following presidential elections slated for 23 and 24 May.

Among the parties and movements to take part in the press conference were the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the Salafist Front, the April 6 Youth Movement, the Ghad El-Thawra Party, the Revolutionary Youth Coalition, the Fadila Party and National Front for Justice and Freedom.

The statement called on activists, intellectuals and media figures to stand up against what it described as the "SCAF conspiracy," urging them to unite against the ''demonization" of particular political groups. The statement also called on political forces to unite behind demands for the release of all recently-arrested political prisoners.

The statement went on to blast the SCAF for security forces' failure to protect protesters from attackers; allowing clashes to continue for an entire week; attacking injured protesters in hospitals; kidnapping protesters from the streets; and giving a green-light to thugs to kill demonstrators.

The statement asserted that the "conspiracy" had been "evident" since military forces were able to secure the area on Thursday night, which should have allowed security forces to prevent clashes from the outset.

The statement described local media as a "fraudulent media regime" that intentionally tarnished protesters' image and turned public opinion against them before killing and detaining large numbers of them in Friday's protest.

The statement added that the media had portrayed protesters as having attempted to storm the ministry, despite the protest's peaceful character.  

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06-05-2012 10:42pm
No matter what.
Democracy or national soverignity of Egypt depends on taking the power away from military. Military should defend the country against Egypt's enemies. As long as Military acts as the enemy of Egyptian people it will be brought down by the people. Problem will be, the minoriy of the commanders that are in the employ of the foreign powers. Odly enough some of them think they are working for the good of the Egypt. Being Traitor or Hero depents on the fortune. Never turn your beck to your own people or nation. It may take longer, much more suffering but as long as people refuse to be slave Military can not win and only harms the nation. Never allow Enemy to pay for your needs. Egypt's military has been in the service of IZRO/USA long enough the time has come give back the power to people and take whats comming like a man and patriot. You guys missed the chance to take your place among the Egyeptians. Do not make it worse.
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