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'We will not fire a single bullet at the protesters,' says SCAF

Egypt's ruling military council assures that the revolutionaries have the right for peaceful protests, but adding the armed forces will not be present

Ahram Online, Thursday 26 May 2011

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) has released Communiqué 58 about the “Second Day of Rage” set for tomorrow.

In the communiqué, which was released on SCAF’s Facebook page, they say, “The children of this great nation, who have rewritten the history of modern Egypt through their peaceful revolution which has awed the world, have the right to peaceful protests."

SCAF then went on to add that the armed forces are from the people and work for the people, and “have always believed in protecting the revolution from the moment it started".

The statement added that the armed forces, “did not and will not use violence or fire even one bullet at the children of this precious nation.”

However, SCAF, then warned that protesters should beware, especially of the “possibility of suspicious forces conducting acts that will cause tension between the Egyptian people and the armed forces”.

SCAF said it has decided to keep the armed forces from being present during the protest, so as to ensure that tension does not happen, and that it will rely on the youth of the revolution to organise and secure the protests, because of the “historical responsibility they feel towards the interests of our precious Egypt”.

SCAF ended the statement by saying that the armed forces will focus tomorrow on protecting strategic infrastructure, so as to ensure the safety of the nation.

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