Sabbahi and ElBaradei to hold rally on Friday for 30 June protests

Ahram Online , Tuesday 18 Jun 2013

Liberal and leftist opposition groups will march in Cairo's Imbaba district on Friday, calling on people to join 30 June anti-Morsi protests

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Mohamed El Baradei, center, speaks during a press conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, as former Egyptian presidential candidate, Hamdeen Sabahi, left, and former Egyptian Foreign Minister and presidential candidate, Amr Moussa, right, listen in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)

The Egyptian Popular Current Movement has invited several opposition groups to a conference on Friday evening to discuss the current political situation and the planned 30 June protests against President Mohamed Morsi.

The April 6 Youth Movement, the Constitution Party and the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, as well as the Egyptian Popular Current, will march in Imbaba, near downtown Cairo, on Friday afternoon, calling on people to join the upcoming demonstrations, and will then hold the conference.

The event will coincide with rallies against political violence being planned by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamist groups.

Mohamed ElBaradei, head of the Constitution Party, Hamdeen Sabbahi, founder of the Egyptian Popular Current, and Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, a leading member of the anti-Morsi 'Rebel' signature drive, are expected to attend the conference, along with other public figures.

Egypt is anticipating nationwide protests on 30 June aimed at forcing Morsi – who hails from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement – to step down and hold early presidential elections.

The planned demonstrations, the culmination of Egypt's 'Rebel' campaign – which aims to collect 15 million citizens' signatures in support of a withdrawal of confidence from President Morsi – will also call for snap presidential elections.

In reaction to the planned 30 June protests, the Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist forces – including centrist Wasat Party and the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya – announced that they will hold a "million-man anti-violence rally” on 21 June.  

Activists marching on Friday are also planning on collecting more signatures for the 'Rebel' campaign, which aims to collect 15 million signatures calling for early presidential elections by 30 June, the first anniversary of Morsi's presidency.

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