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'Rebel' says call to 'mandate' army doesn't include extraordinary measures

No one can impose their will on the Egyptian people, Rebel movement says

Ahram Online , Friday 26 Jul 2013
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'Rebel' (Tamarod) movement has stated that the call for the Egyptian people to "mandate" the army comes within the framework of the law and does not require extraordinary measures.

Army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi on Wednesday called for protests to give the military a "mandate" to confront "violence and terrorism" triggered by Morsi's overthrow.

The law applies to "everyone who thinks that they can stop the revolution from moving forward and impose their will on the Egyptian people through systematic terrorism in Sinai and other places," 'Rebel,' a signature-drive campaign that led the 30 June protests against deposed president Mohamed Morsi, said in a press statement on Friday.

It is not in the nation's interests to ask foreign entities to intervene, the statement added.

The 'Rebel' statement called for treason trials for those "who asked for foreign powers to intervene and challenge the will of Egyptians".

The statement also called on people to take to the streets on Friday to continue the revolution in a peaceful manner and achieve the goals of the January 25 revolution – "bread, freedom and social justice."

The campaign also declared that the US ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson is "unwanted on the Egyptian territory for exceeding her diplomatic duties". The campaign described Patterson as "supporting terrorism" in Egypt and challenging Egyptians' free will.

The 'Rebel' movement has endorsed the Defence Minister Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s call, saying it supports the military in its "war against terrorism." 

Morsi loyalists, along with anti-Morsi groups, such as the April 6 Youth Movement and the Revolutionary Socialists, have denounced El-Sisi’s call, stating that it could lead to civil war.

Army spokesman Ahmed Ali said earlier on Friday El-Sisi's speech was not referring to any one particular group.

El-Sisi’s speech comes after a serious outbreak of violence nationwide between Morsi loyalists on one side and his opponents, the army and the police, on the other.

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