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Egypt’s Rebel Campaign demands security protect 30 June protests

Anti-Morsi petition campaigners insist on taking to the streets on 30 June to demand early elections in spite of alleged Brotherhood threats and assaults

Ahram Online , Monday 10 Jun 2013
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The Anti-Morsi Rebel Campaign reaffirms on Sunday its commitment to peaceful protests scheduled for 30 June and demands that security forces protect the demonstrations.

The statement denounced recent alleged threats issued by President Mohamed Morsi supporters, asserting that the threats will not stop people from taking to the street to demand early presidential elections.

Rebel Campaign members have been complaining that members of Islamist groups or their supporters have been threatening them with bodily harm or have actually physically assaulted them.

On Saturday the campaign accused Muslim Brotherhood members of attacking their peaceful rally in Mansoura in the Nile Delta, injuring four, including one who was allegedly stabbed by the cousin of the Brotherhood Mufti.

The Rebel Campaign aims to force early presidential elections by gathering 15 million anti-Morsi signatures to outnumber the 13.2 million votes that got Brotherhood-fielded Morsi into office in June 2012.

Rebel organisers announced last week that they have collected seven million petitions since they launched the campaign in early May.

To counter the anti-Morsi Rebel petition, Abdel-Meguid, a member of Gamaa Islamyia, along with Islamist powers in the country, launched a pro-Morsi campaign "Impartiality" on 12 May.

On 2 June, Islamist groups announced that the initiative had managed to collect two million signatures supporting President Mohamed Morsi.

On Friday, the Rebel Campaign headquarters in downtown Cairo was torched by unknown assailants, causing limited damage to the petitions collected.

Campaign members filed a complaint against President Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie; his deputy Khairat El-Shater; the secretary general of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party; Islamist activist Ahmed El-Mogheir and a leading member of Gamaa Islamiya, Assem Abdel-Maged, accusing them of being behind the arsonist attack.

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