'Mubarak regime thugs, NSF saboteurs' responsible headquarters attacks: Egypt's FJP

Ahram Online, Saturday 29 Jun 2013

Egypt's Freedom and Justice Party condemns attacks on its members and offices in several governorates during pro and anti-Morsi protests Friday

The Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political arm of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, strongly condemned attacks on its offices and some of its members in several Egyptian governorates Friday. The party held a mass rally in Cairo Friday in support of President Morsi as the country braces for widely anticipated anti-Morsi rallies Sunday, 30 June.

"Our members who were present in our provincial offices were committed to total peacefulness when they were abruptly attacked with guns, swords and petrol bombs by [Mubarak's defunct National Democratic Party] thugs as well as other infiltrators who are given political cover by [opposition umbrella] the National Salvation Front and [anti-Morsi signature drive] Rebel campaign," read a statement released by the party Friday night.

Violent clashes erupted between Morsi supporters and opponents Friday afternoon in the Alexandria district of Sidi Gaber. The Egyptian Ministry of Health reported two dead. The FJP's office was set on fire.

The FJP statement also condemned attacks on its members and offices in the five other northern Egyptian governorates: Beheira, Qaloubiya, Kafr El-Sheikh, Gharbiya and Daqahliya.

The health ministry reported Friday that the two killed in Alexandria included a US citizen and an Egyptian who could not be identified.

The ministry also reported an injury toll of 139 in political violence that occurred throughout the day across the country.

The Delta governorates had seen deadly political violence in the days leading up to Friday's rallies. Prior clashes broke out between President Morsi supporters and opponents in the cities of Mansoura and Kafr El-Sheikh in which at least one was reported killed.

The FJP called on the Egyptian police forces to "step up to its responsibility" of protecting lives and property as legally and constitutionally obliged.

Hundreds of thousands of Islamist supporters of Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, staged a second mass rally in Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo in a show of force supporting the president's "legitimacy" ahead of Sunday's demonstrations, also expected to draw hundreds of thousands, which will be demanding his resignation and snap elections.

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