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National Alliance to Support Legitimacy apologises to Rabaa residents

Apology for damage and harassment comes hours before Rabaa residents deadline to clear side streets of pro-Morsi supporters

Ahram Online , Thursday 18 Jul 2013
Rabaa sit in
Ousted President Morsi's sit in (Photo:Reuters)
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On Thursday, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, apologised to the residents of Rabaa El-Adawiya for any damage caused or harassment experienced as a consequence of the sit-in staged by ousted president Mohamed Morsi's supporters.

The alliance also announced that the sit-in and protesters were ready to offer urgent medical services, whether medical help or delivering medicine, as well maintenance works, including plumbing or electricity maintenance, to residents at any time.

"We would like to assure [residents] that we are answering your demands as soon as possible, and we are going to fix any damage in the area as much as we can," an alliance statement addressing angry residents said.

The alliance announced that protesters are going to evacuate areas they occupied between buildings, in side streets and in gardens. The protesters will also clean the gardens between Rabaa Al-Adawiya buildings, according to the statement.

The statement made it clear that protesters were instructed not to use fireworks or laser pointers or sound systems after midnight.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy warned residents in Rabaa Al-Adawiya of efforts to turn them against the protesters. "The continuation of the peaceful protests and sit-in will make this military coup fail; thus, everybody must sacrifice for the sake of Egypt in order to restore its democracy and freedom."

A group of residents from Rabaa Al-Adawiya have already given Morsi's supporters a deadline to clear side streets, otherwise residents will do it themselves regardless of the consequences.

The deadline, that ends Thursday afternoon, was issued in a statement signed "The residents of Rabaa Al-Adawiya" and posted on the "SOS Rabaa" Facebook page Wednesday.

The statement, the third to be issued by that group of residents, demanded the pro-Morsi sit-in to clear side streets and leave the streets clean.

The statement also demanded that Morsi supporters stop using fireworks after 12am and lower the volume of sound systems from 10pm and stop using sound systems from 1am to 9am.

"We are not supporting nor rejecting the sit-in as long as it does not harm us, but there is damage happening," said the residents' statement, adding that they tried to seek help from sit-in organisers to restore aspects of their normal life, but those efforts failed.

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