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Islamist coalition accuses anti-Morsi protesters of vandalism
Muslim Brotherhood, Salafist Nour Party and other Islamist groups condemn Tuesday's mass opposition protest at the presidential palace, claim vandalism took place
Ahram Online, Wednesday 5 Dec 2012
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Hundreds of thousands gathered at the presidential palace chanting against the president, 4 December (Photo: AP)

A coalition of Islamist groups issued a statement on Tuesday condemning anti-Morsi protests outside at the presidential palace in Cairo. It accused the protesters of using violence and ‘sabotaging’ the country.

Hundreds of thousands of protesters gathered late Tuesday at the presidential palace in Cairo’s Heliopolis to denounce President Morsi's constitutional declaration and what they claim is an unrepresentative constitution.

"The current divisions will be only solved through the ballot box, not through sabotaging the country and its economy," read the statement.

"Expressing one’s view does not mean one has to use violence and commit vandalism," the statement added.

It went on to accuse opposition figures of being responsible for "these events."

The coalition expressed its full support for the "legitimately elected president" and demanded that he put an end to these protests for the sake of security and stability.

"Non-peaceful protests are an offense to Egypt, but Egyptians will preserve the gains of our great revolution," added the statement.

Ten political parties and groups including the Muslim Brotherhood and its political wing the Freedom and Justice Party, the Salafist Nour Party, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and the Salafist Calling signed the statement.

Egypt's interior minister released a statement late Tuesday thanking protesters for keeping their protest peaceful and for not attempting to enter the palace after the security forces had withdrawn.





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rahman ibrahim
06-12-2012 08:33am
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Egyptian Rotten Sour Grapes
Having lost in the election to the Egypt National Assembly which later was annulled by the Juduciary and also lost in the Presidential election, they are hiding behind the pretext that the draft constitution as non democratic and pro islamist, which they have the right to vote against during the referendum. They are rotten sour grapes who totally lacked the spirit of democracy and will not respect any democratic process.They should search their conscience. What if they win and similar protest are held to protest their decisions. Egyptians must accept the victors of elections and they when they are deemed useless vote them out later in the next election.
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Sarah
05-12-2012 08:36pm
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Fair media
Alnahar t.v anchor today off course first she was stating her personal opinion then she talked with her representative around the presidential palace he confirmed that the group was holding guns were shooting the supporters .she was trying to ask him are you sure said yes then she quit with him and said let,s ask someone else he. Might have a different view. Excellent fairness
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Kahan
05-12-2012 04:57pm
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Compromise for interests of your nation
Sitting in America my viewpoint is that Opposition is right in saying "the Draft Constitution has flaws." It is also right that the threat from Judiciary to dissolve the Panel is partly responsible for this. So, as Hillary Clinton says, "the problem with the drafted Constitution can be resolved only by dialogue, and not by street protests." As US Dept of States urged, "Please go and vote against it if you oppose the drafred Constitution." The real public support for the drafted Constitution can be determined only by referendum. As it appears, the Opposition comes from the ELITES of the society including the Media, and the Muslim Brotherhood should not ignore them. For the interests of your Nation, I ask all of you to sit down and compromise and avoid street protests.
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Dolly
05-12-2012 01:45pm
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Media's partiality
All readers can feel how partial your coverage while reporting anti-Morsy protest or statements of the statement.Your event reporting is less of telling the readers/viewers about the facts but more your personal comments and views.It's not a Professional Journalism but acting like a party in reporting.What's right or wrong...it's not your job to tell the people..you should tell the people about facts related to the events.Why don't you mention that Islamist parties that are supporting the constitutional draft represent the majority of the egyptains..? If hundred of thousands are protesting against the draft,more than that also hold demostrations in favour of the draft..? If Judiciary & Media become partisan and bias then no country or system can survive as it leads to anarchy and destruction of the nation.
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rahman ibrahim
06-12-2012 08:52am
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Media Partiality
The media seems to potray that the whole pof egypt as against the draft constitution and President Morsi. Why cant the media publish the feelings of those who were involved in the drafting process and also the cross section of the Egyptian people. Morsi was democratically elected and likewise members of constituent assembly were elected by democratic process and by majoriy adopted the draft constitution. The media seems to highlight the opinions of opposition leaders who either diod noot contest of lost in the last elections.

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