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Hamzawy: Current regime is trying to silence pro-democracy voices
Liberal politician Amr Hamzawy accuses a 'wing' within the Egyptian regime of circulating rumours that he is close to the Muslim Brotherhood as part of attempts to rehabilitate the Mubarak regime
Ahram Online , Monday 5 Aug 2013
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Amr Hamzawy
Liberal politician and member of Egypt's opposition coalition Amr Hamzawy (Photo" Reuters)

Egyptian politician Amr Hamzawy, who heads the liberal Egypt Freedom Party, said in a series of posts on Twitter on Monday that a "wing within the regime" is working towards silencing all voices calling for democracy. 

He also said a "campaign" by this wing is attempting to "morally assassinate" him using rumours and lies" to portray him as a "foreign agent and traitor".

He came out strongly via his Twitter account against what he calls a "deliberate smear campaign" carried out against him by part of the current regime which "wants to go back to the time before the 25 January revolution," a reference to ousted president Hosni Mubarak's era.

Hamzawy has been attacked by several newspaper columnists – one from Al-Watan newspaper where Hamzawy once contributed as a columnist– accusing him of being an ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, recently ousted from power.

The liberal politician has repeatedly advocated against persecuting the group, which took power in Egypt when its candidate Mohamed Morsi won last year’s presidential elections, only to be removed from by the military after millions took to the street.

Hamzawy's position brought a wave of accusations that he was politically aligned with the Brotherhood – an accusation he repeatedly rejected. Hamzawy said he had called for early presidential elections prior to Morsi’s ouster and had repeatedly criticised the Brotherhood when the group was in power.

On Monday he wrote on Twitter that he rejects "the fascism of exclusion [from politics]” and “overstepping the law," adding that he would defend freedom however high the cost.

He claimed that rumours were circulating that he met with the US ambassador in Cairo and a prominent Brotherhood figure. He denied the claims and asserted that all his meetings are public. "I'm not of those who meet the American ambassador or anyone else in secret," he wrote on Twitter.





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samasama
06-08-2013 10:07am
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alternative to reliance on the west.
too much reliance on the west brought us to these point, i hope to see the day when the imbalance alliance become unsustainable and irrelevant, then we will have to research extensively on high tech, etc. only then can our politics be independent and transparent.
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Mohammad
06-08-2013 06:00am
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Hamzawy who?
Hamzawy needs to go away. This guy did nothing in parliament and did even less (how possible?) as a so-called opposition member. All he does is complain and seek fame. Please step aside and spare us your whining, Sir. You are only good at complaining and speaking to Washington and European audiences. You have done nothing for Egypt.
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Ubeidullah
05-08-2013 10:33pm
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Why does the media demonize the Islamists?
I think the ultimate criteria for intellectual honesty is to stand for the rights of the Islamists however hated they might be by the vehemently anti-Islam secularist media. Treating the Islamist fairly is the ultimate barometer for democracy in Egypt today.
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J.M.Jordan
05-08-2013 10:02pm
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I'm very sad to read this.
Of course situation aint easy to stop sit-ins (however, water canons'd do it without killing and without injuring), getting national reconciliation and nevertheless as wanted by the majority of the people going on with GOOD constitution work (not just handing back the Morsi era one), good election laws work, handling the urgent Egyptian problems of water, bread, tourism, economy etc whilst handing over as soon as fair to everybody elections have taken place. But I too (admirer of your peoples' wisdom and determination) fear they're loosing out of sight the MAJORITY: secular Egyptians, the 2nd revolution etc.
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Samantha Criscione
05-08-2013 08:40pm
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Who are these people "who meet the American ambassador...in secret"?
First, to paraphrase Shakespeare (Hamlet) 'The gentleman protests too much, methinks.' Second, just who are these people "who meet the American ambassador or anyone else in secret"? Not Baradei -- he does it in the open, quite shamelessly. So who? Perhaps we should look among the ones who now cry 'be kind to the Brotherhood leaders,' and who, a year ago helped burn down Shafiq's headquarters, eh? Is that where we should look?--Samantha Criscione
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Razzak
05-08-2013 07:54pm
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Ayman al nour, now Amr next April 6th youth leader
The rate at which these people started expressing disillusionment doesnt bode well for the current regime. It appears in the end only copts and people from national salvation front will be the only ones who will side with the current regime.
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Bubbly
05-08-2013 08:29pm
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Salute to Amr Hamzway
In egypt very are few politicians ,can be counted on finger tips, who speak on principles who stand against injustices and repressions Amr Hamzaway is one of them.Current regime is a replica of Mubrak regime only those can survive and have the right for politics who support the regime's every action and deed whether right or wrong.Yes at the end only opportunists,corrupt and old regime loyals will left siding with regime.

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