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Egypt liberal, leftist forces to protest Brotherhood 'partisan' rule in Tahrir
Revolutionary groups, liberals and leftists head to Tahrir Square rally on Friday to protest Muslim Brotherhood's 'control' over the process of writing a constitution, demand retrials for those accused of murdering protesters
Zeinab El Gundy , Thursday 18 Oct 2012
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Egypt for all Egyptians" Friday : Revolutionary political powers go back again to Tahrir against Mus
Egyptians have protested regulary at Tahrir Square since the outbreak of the Jan 25 revolution (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Liberal and leftist political parties and groups are organising a new Tahrir Square protest this Friday against what they consider the domination of one group – the Muslim Brotherhood – over Egyptian political life. Protesters will also voice their rejection of a draft constitution proposed by Egypt's Constituent Assembly.  

The planned rally, dubbed "Egypt is not anyone's private estate - Egypt is for all Egyptians," is intended to "send a message to the president and his party and their political allies, namely the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist parties, that the days of single-party rule are over and that the constitution must represent all Egyptians," the Constitution Party, one of the protest's main sponsors, declared in a statement.

"Last Friday, supporters of the president's party attacked peaceful protesters demanding social justice and a constitution representing all Egyptians," the party added. "Instead of reconciliation, we find some Freedom and Justice Party figures clashing with other political powers."

The newly-established Constitution Party also demanded an apology from the Brotherhood and investigation into the incident that took place during last Friday's protest, when 150 demonstrators were injured in clashes between Morsi supporters and their political rivals.

Among the 29 parties and movements that have declared their intention to take part in the planned Friday protest are: The Popular Current, the Constitution Party, the Free Egyptians party, the Nile Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the 6 April Youth Movement's Democratic Front, the Revolutionary Socialists, the National Association for Change, the Peaceful Change Front and the 'No to Military Trials' campaign.  

6 of April revolutionary youth group and the Democratic Front party have also announced that they will take part in the protests. Former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa also said they will join the event.

According to the Constitution Party, the protest will raise three main demands on the Morsi administration. These include retrials for those accused of killing protesters since the start of the January 25 revolution, reforming the Constituent Assembly so as to make it more representative of Egyptian society, and taking real steps towards promoting social justice in Egypt.

There will be three protest marches after Friday prayers. The first will set out from Mohandeseen's Mostafa Mahmoud Square to Tahrir Square, and another from Old Cairo's Sayada Zeineb district to Tahrir Square. Last Friday, the Constitution Party's march from Sayada Zeineb was allegedly attacked by Muslim Brotherhood supporters on the nearby Talaat Harb Street.

A third march, meanwhile, will head from Cairo's Shubra district to Tahrir Square. Each of the planned marches will be headed by a prominent revolutionary activist.  

After converging in Tahrir, there will be two additional marches: one will head to the nearby Abdeen Palace to demand social justice, and the other to Shura Council headquarters to object to the draft constitution.  

Former regime supporters and groups have also declared their intention to take part in the planned Friday protest.

Contentious television presenter Tawfik Okasha, recently acquitted of charges of insulting President Morsi, said this week that he would join forces with those with whom he has had differences with the aim of ousting the Muslim Brotherhood from power. During Egypt's post-revolution transitional phase, Okasha had been one of the most outspoken critics of Egypt's revolutionary forces and powers.

On Thursday, revolutionary parties and movements participating in the protest issued a statement totally rejecting the notion of participation by former regime remnants.  

"We aim to establish social justice, a balanced constitution and retrials for the killers of protesters," the statement read. "These goals directly contradict those who supported the former regime and the military council."

The statement added: "We cannot imagine that supporters of the former regime would support a balanced constitution representing all Egyptians when they had supported a constitution tailored for Mubarak and his son."

Islamist parties and groups, for the most part, have announced their refusal to take part in Friday's planned protest.

On Thursday, Yasser Hamed, spokesman for the Salafist Nour Party, slammed the planned rally on his official Facebook page.

"The Nour Party prefers to participate in Egypt's revival, unlike the organisers of this protest who refuse to help rebuild the nation," Hamed declared. He went on to slam Egypt's "political elite, who show up on television talk shows every night to attack President Morsi and his policies." 





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taz
19-10-2012 09:49pm
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With all due respect to shariaa supporters...
Sharia as bases for laws in the constitution is a recepie for disaster for many generations to come. Firstly, there will be a problem of who's intrepretation of Shariaa should be taken into account (Salafi, Shiaa, Azhari, Sufi, Brotherhood's ect.) secondly even if there were a consensus on the type of Shariaa, it will surely contradicts many of the international laws especially when it comes to the rights of women and children , minorities, freedom of speech among others. Khalid Ibn Al walid (PBUH) himself did not apply Sharia,rather he applied sisysat al Sharia, meaning applying sharia only when feasible or would not affects societal harmony. In Egypt's case it would would be like applying clauses that do not contradict the international laws and standards
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Sharif Shehata
19-10-2012 08:20pm
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Too much
When President Mubarak was in power. How many parties did Egypt have? Now Egypt have 29 parties is look like football league. The key question is what have all these done for Egypt and Civilians. All we do just attack each other and talking. Now Egypt need volunteers, who will be first to clean the Roads,gardening,farming and do the job right. well, when I look at Egypt, All I see is the oldest generation built the Country, the older generation fight for the Country and now this generation want to destroy the Country. God bless
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mumby
19-10-2012 12:54pm
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Leftist,
This Revolution should not base on hatred, revenge or retaliate.Seeking understanding is better.Post revolution should base on mutual respect and stress on Egypt's interest not Human right report or foreign values
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Tam2
19-10-2012 07:43am
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Clueless comentators
When you become fully aware of what sharia law is, what a farewell intercourse is, then you can come here and make comments such as shame on the left. These are muslims who are fighting for their freedom not to be robbed by another certain ideology such as the Mubarak regime did. I wish these egyptians more power in the next battle against the muslim brotherhood, Egypt is the land of ART, freedom, Christians and Muslims living in peace together, Egypt is not the place for Sharia law, is not the place for salafists or islamic cults, if your happy with such ruling then move to Yemen and see how well tats been panning out.
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Oscar
20-10-2012 07:44am
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Egypt liberal, leftist forces dont want to accept defeat
Tam2, you need to know what sharia law is, all Muslims know what Sharia is. Educate yourself and then spread your ignorance and arrogance. Egyptians are more than 90% MUslims, there is miniscule minority which has money and media at its disposal creating the impression that very many people dont know Sharia. Lefties, secularists, Atheists, Copts are creating problems for the government, pretty soon these anarchists will be shut down.
Nora
20-10-2012 07:19am
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Main Motivation.
There is a pure hate/dislike for Islam, Islamic laws or Sharia among AO readers. However, More than 50% of the votes went to a Muslim Brother candidate.
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Nora
19-10-2012 05:38am
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The left cares only about its high ranks
I feel that the Left has not recovered from the presidential election. They would prefer to drive the country into a civil war, rather than seeing Morsi makes progress. Thank you AO for keeping the debate civil.
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ILOVEEgypt
19-10-2012 03:11am
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diversity
I am proud of the Egyptian people and their ability to learn from the history quickly. I see huge force that will bring balance to the Egyptian society and protect it from the autocratic rule of one group! I see positive change coming no matter how long or how much, the Egyptians are willing to pay it! I am proud of you Egypt!
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Mona
19-10-2012 03:08pm
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I love Egypt
If Egypt topled Mubarak, miracles can happen for evolution and good in the Arab world.
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Julie
18-10-2012 09:24pm
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The left has cheapened itself in our eyes
Are we seeing an alliance between the remnants of Mubarak's supporters and the Left. Shame on the left. It has cheapened and tarnished its name.
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Magda Hosni
18-10-2012 09:17pm
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the hypocrisy of the left
The left has no crdibility. It just wants to corrode the Islamists for its own selfish reasons. Besides, the Islamists achieved what they achieved via the ballot boxes, not by arrogation. Had the Left won the elections, it would have never shared power with anyone else. Long live the Islamists.
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Tamer
19-10-2012 07:45am
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Pakistan
You want sharia law into the consitution, you want salfists to take control, then go live in pakistan, theres no room for your or people like you here.

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