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Salafist Abu-Ismail says protesting Egypt's liberal parties is 'necessity'
Former presidential hopeful holds 'liberal' politicians and media figures responsible for current strife in Egypt
Ahram Online, Saturday 23 Mar 2013
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Former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail

Egypt's prominent Salafist figure and founder of Al-Raya Party Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail said that protesting at the offices of liberal parties and politicians has become "an urgent necessity."

In a statement posted on his official Facebook page on Saturday, the controversial Islamist figure accused liberal parties of fomenting the current state of strife in Egypt.

"If surrounding houses in peaceful demonstrations has become legitimate after [protesters did so] at President Mohamed Morsi's [private residence], then marching peacefully to the politicians and media persons who fuel sedition in Egypt, has also become legitimate," the statement said.

Abu Ismail said that "the Egyptian people cannot silently watch a sector of their society being [attacked]" maintaining, however, that "all our actions are always legal and peaceful."  

About 200 hundred people were injured on Friday when anti-Brotherhood protesters clashed with members of the group at the Brotherhood's headquarters in Moqattam, Cairo, and stormed a number of its offices nationwide.

The call for protest was originally prompted by what opposition activists described as attacks by Muslim Brotherhood members on protesting activists at the headquarters last week.

Several Islamist groups and activists made online calls for demonstrating the Egyptian Media Production City (EMPC) against what they called "biased" media coverage of Friday's clashes. 

Abu Ismail was the one leading the last sit-in against media bias at the EMPC last December.

The influential preacher started a campaign for the presidential race last year but was disqualified from the elections due to his mother's dual nationality.

Abu-Ismail established Al-Raya salafist political party in February vowing to compete in future elections.





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abdulrahman
23-03-2013 08:37pm
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Signs For MB and Opposition Head On Collision
The attack on offices of MB could be the beginning of mobilization by MB supporters. Before, they had patiently watched on the sidelines the street demo and the bitter verbal attacks by the opposition. They had hoped that all the offensive from the opposition would simmer down as time passes. Surely they are not going lie down and let the attacks on their offices to simply pass. At the cost of his own popularity, the President because of his love of the nation, must order the security apparatus to take firm action as those people have committed crimes. The military chiefs like wise must also be ready to back up the Police as a pre-emptive effort. Be ready with all the contingency plans. The head-on collision between MB and opposition supporters will be disastrous. Prevention is better than cure. It is better not to lose lives than losing a few and it is best that everything turn out peaceful. Go after the instigators and the criminals.
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Roslyn
23-03-2013 08:32pm
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TH said it all
TH you said it all on behalf of most Egyptians. The Islamist parties all share one thing in common, they blame the opposition for everything that goes wrong in the country, turn your ire Abu Ismail to the MB regime and look at the comments and actions of the Islamist parties, you are all failures, your only success has hijacking the revolution and destroying the country, now we want another change, in order to fulfill the demands of the Jan Revolution, and this time, we want one Democratic leader, not a group of rulers! Hoping this change will occur before more damage is done to the society and the economy.
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peace dude
23-03-2013 06:20pm
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nothing to do with revolution
those salafists have nothing to do with the revolution to start with, and they were not there during the friday of rage for instance, and were given orders by their leaders to stay away from the revolution. it was those "liberals" who got rid of mubarak and now that they gave him power he complains about them!
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TH
23-03-2013 04:59pm
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FACTS
Abu-Ismael, take a minute and review the facts resulting from the rule of the MB, Morsi and their friends, you: -you have divided the country into "islamists" and others -you have ruined the economy -you have castrated state institutions like police, creating a security vacum -you have corrupted the judiciary, creating lack of trust or respect for the law -you have made Egypt the ridicule of the Arab, indeed, the whole world -you have killed tourism, our biggest source of revenue and you are wondering why people are demonstrating and protesting? Mr.Abu-Ismael, we protest because you have FAILED and we want CHANGE. Do what you want, your days are numbered. May Allah pardon you for what you have done to Egypt. I certainly won't !
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Ali
24-03-2013 01:39am
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hahahaha
Everything what you accusing the Islamist of is the result of the liberals that allied themselves with the fuluul. And everyone knows that. your tricks wont work. You have brought the economy to a standstill by your attempts to make an artificial revolution. The people are not stupid. You will loose the elections for the next 100 years.
Bubbly
23-03-2013 07:47pm
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FACTS
Mr TH infact you are joking and think all Egyptians fools..The facts are..the losers the tugs who have been rejected by the vast majority of the masses taking revenge of their repeated humiliation in the elections from this nation.You want to bring change through violence,vandalism and by force...? DO you think this way you can bring change or win the peopls minds and hearts..? For God sake stop joking and playing with this poor nation pls stop joking..May Allah pardon you and show you right path..

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