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Military council asks Egyptians to stand united on revolution anniversary

Egypt's military council urges all to avoid calls that divide the nation insisting they only serve the nation's enemies

Ahram Online, Sunday 22 Jan 2012
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (r.) the head of Egypt
Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi (r.) the head of Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), and Egyptian armed forces Chief of Staff Sami Anan (l.) pictured in Cairo, Egypt, Dec. 22. (Photo by: Reuters)

In their first message to Egyptians since the new year began, the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) urges people to avoid any action that would divide the country on the anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. The message also honours both revolution martyrs and the army.

The statement, released on the SCAF’s official Facebook page on Sunday, stated that as the anniversary of the revolution approaches, the nation is commemorating the revolution’s martyrs, as well as the men of Egypt's armed forces who have protected the revolution for the past year.

The statement added that in the spirit of the revolution that united Egyptians of all ages and religions, everyone should hold on to this unity and reject calls for divisions that only aim to incite strife, which only serve the enemies of the nation. SCAF is accepting of all groups within society, including the revolution’s youth, and is not planning to marginalise any movement or alliance, the statement went on, adding that any transition period has its complications and dangers.

In light of all that has been stated SCAF has decided to:

1. offer the January 25 medallion to all of the revolution’s martyrs and injured

2. offer all the revolution’s injured government jobs

3. offer the January 25 medallion to all those who have been drafted in the armed forces since the revolution

4. grant pardon to 1,955 of those sentenced by military prosecution, leaving 1,443 still in military prisons

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