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Cairo protests against summons of opposition activists
Opposition to protest in front of High Court in Cairo on Tuesday after prosecutor-general summons activists for their alleged incitement of clashes at Muslim Brotherhood HQ on Friday
Ahram Online , Tuesday 26 Mar 2013
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A view of the High Court of Justice in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

Protesters will gather at the High Court in Cairo on Tuesday in solidarity with five opposition activists summoned by the prosecutor-general for questioning over their alleged incitement of clashes at the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters on Friday.

Police have stepped up their presence outside the court in preparation for the expected demonstrations.

On Monday evening, the office of Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdullah summoned renowned blogger Alaa Abdel-Fattah, Popular Current member Ahmed Doma, National Salvation Front member Hazem Abdel-Azim, Constitution Party member Ahmed Eid, activist Karim El-Shaer, and journalist and blogger Nawara Negm for questioning.

Alaa Abdel-Fattah has said he will respond to the summons in order to protect his family from further police harassment. But the other summoned activists have said their will not respond. 

The summonses were made after Brotherhood lawyer Abdel-Moneim Abdel-Maksoud filed complaints with the prosecutor-general against 169 individuals – including party heads, politicians and "thugs" – whom he accused of inciting the violence on Friday.

Among the political figures summoned for questioning were Egyptian Social Democratic Party leader Mohamed Abul-Ghar, Free Egyptians Party member Mahmoud El-Alaily and former Revolution Youth Coalition member Khaled Telima.

The liberal Constitution Party and No to Military Trials group called for Tuesday's protest.

Police have so far failed to arrest three Brotherhood workers accused of attacking anti-Brotherhood protesters on Friday.

Nationwide clashes between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood on Friday left at least 200 people injured.

The protests on Friday took place in response to earlier attacks on anti-Brotherhood protesters by Brotherhood members outside the Islamist group's headquarters.





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Saba E. Demian, M.D.
26-03-2013 02:38pm
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A sign of political bankruptcy
The police actions of President Morsi in rounding up opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and his regime is not helping his cause or that of Egypt locally or internationally. Muffling the opposition by arrests and restriction of travel will further strengthen their plea and increase their popularity among the populous. These actions will rebound with negative results on him and his supporters. His steadfast march towards an Islamist autocracy may succeed for a short while but the tide of freedom will eventually wash away this burden and Egypt will remain a secular state under a new and enlightened rule. Saba E. Demian, M.D.
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abdulrahman
27-03-2013 04:13am
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The Issue Here Is The Choice Made By Egyptian
It is for the Egyptians to decide the form of political ideology for their country. What is wrong being Islamist. When an elected President backed by an interim cabinet of Ministers and an interim legislative Shura Council is trying very hard to have elections, you are already calling the President " autocratic". Let us be friendly to the democratic process and encourage Egyptians to take part in Elections and then go on to respect the outcome. Democracy has undergone through a long evolutionary process in the United kingdom and US and still they not 100% perfect. Egyptians now need encouragement to involve in democratic process and not poisoning their minds.

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