Nour Party forms human chain to reject planned Salafist protests

Ahram Online, Monday 24 Nov 2014

Pro-regime Salafists say national security should take priority

Human Chains
Political arm of the Salafist Call, Nour Party, organized a Human Chain in Suez governorate on November 23, 2014 to reject protests called by the Salafist Front (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Nour Party members formed a human chain in Suez on Sunday to show their rejection of protests planned by rival Salafists.

Since early November, the Salafist Front has been calling on its allies to protest on 28 November for the imposition of "the Islamic identity without disguise."

It has called on protesters to hold up the Quran, Islam’s holy book, during the demonstrations.

However, the Salafist Call and its political wing, the Nour Party, has condemned all calls for demonstrations, stressing the importance of national security.

Since the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July last year, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy – an umbrella for Morsi loyalists led by the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood – has been the main group staging major anti-government protests.

The Salafist Call and its political wing, the Nour Party, backed the ouster of Morsi and the interim authorities that replaced him.

The interior ministry has vowed to deal "firmly" with the anticipated protests and said it would use live ammunition against those who "threaten security."


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