Multiple protests Friday to condemn Abbasiya attacks

Ahram Online, Thursday 3 May 2012

Islamist groups call for Friday demo in Tahrir Square to condemn attacks on Abbasiya protesters that killed at least 7 Wednesday; revolutionary youth groups call for separate march to defence ministry

The Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice ‎Party (FJP) and the Salafist Nour Party have called for a demonstration in Tahrir Square Friday to condemn the recent violence in Abbasiya.

Unknown assailants attacked peaceful protesters outside the defence ministry in Abbasiya early Wednesday, leaving 7 dead and 49 ‎injured according to official interior ministry sources.‎

The Ghad Al-Thawra Party, the Hadara Party, the Reform and Development Party, the Board of Trustees ‎of the Revolution, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya and MPs from both houses of ‎parliament will join the protest.

A separate protest organised by 15 political groups, including the April 6 Youth Movement and the Second Revolution of Rage Movement, dubbed ‎"Friday of the ‎End," will march to the defence ministry Friday to demand an end to military rule, the repeal of Article 28 of the March 2011 constitutional declaration and for an independent body of judges who were not appointed by the former regime to monitor upcoming presidential elections.

Khaled Ali, Hamdeen Sabbahi, and Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh announced the suspension of their presidential campaigns Wednesday in response to the Abbasiya clashes. Sabbahi and Ali joined the marches to Abbasiya later that day.

In a Thursday press conference, a ruling military council spokesperson stated that people have the right to protest peacefully for whatever reason but these protests should take place in Tahrir Square, adding that protesting elsewhere could endanger protesters.

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