April 6: The Brotherhood stifle any solution

Ahram Online, Saturday 10 Aug 2013

Ahmed Maher charges that the Muslim Brotherhood refuse all compromises; warns of escalating public anger against them

Ahmed Maher
Ahmed Maher (Photo: Ahram)

Founder of the April 6 Youth Movement, Ahmed Maher, has charged that the Muslim Brotherhood is stifling all efforts, whether national or international, to end Egypt's current political crisis.

"Everyone who tried to find solutions admitted that it's the Muslim Brotherhood who refuse all compromises and seek escalation, insisting on the one impossible condition, which is reinstating Morsi as if the revolution never happened," Maher stated.

Maher added that this stubbornness and refusal of reality would result in further public hatred against the Brotherhood — an outcome that would not be in the Brotherhood's favour.

Advising the Muslim Brotherhood, Maher asked the group to focus on the interests of the public above all else, and to accept the public will, especially after reports emerged indicating cases of torture inside the sit-ins at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in Nasr City and Al-Nahda Square in Giza, hinting that the failure of all mediation efforts may result in forceful dispersals of the sit-ins.

Maher's statement comes after consecutive announcements by the interim government and by a number of international figures indicating that no mediated solution has been found. These include efforts by US Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns, the European Union's top diplomat Catherine Ashton, senior EU diplomat Bernardino León, and the African Union delegation.

The two pro-Morsi protest camps have been used as a hotbed for street marches that blocked traffic and sometimes sparked street violence, either with security forces or Morsi's opponents.

In two incidents this month, more than 130 people — mostly Morsi supporters — were killed in clashes near their main sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in eastern Cairo. 

The government said that it has ordered security forces to clear the protest camps, because they pose a "national security threat."

The Muslim Brotherhood publicly says it rejects any concessions and that its starting point would be Morsi's return to power.

Privately, though some pro-Morsi protesters say that the sit-ins are their last bargaining chip to press for the release of detained Brotherhood leaders and for guarantees that the Muslim Brotherhood and affliated Islamist currents will be included in politics in the future.

Mohamed Morsi was ousted 3 July by the army following days of unprecedented street protests against him and Muslim Brotherhood rule.

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