New anti-military, anti-Brotherhood front to be launched Tuesday

Ahram Online, Monday 23 Sep 2013

Revolution Path Front, bringing together well-known revolutionaries, activists and writers, will work towards continuing Egypt's 2011 revolution

A new group called the Revolution Path Front will be launched Tuesday in Cairo by a group of political activists who say they aim to work towards the revolution's goals of "bread, freedom and social justice."

According to a statement posted on the front's Facebook page, a press conference is planned to take place Tuesday at 12pm at the Syndicate of Commercial Professionals in Cairo.

On its Facebook page, the front announced its aim fight for the "redistribution of wealth among poor and low-income Egyptians."

Among the expected participants at the Tuesday press conference where the group will be announced are prominent journalists Wael Gamal and Khaled El-Balshi, political activist Alaa Abdel-Fatah, leftist labour lawyer Haytham Mohamadein, renowned writer Ahdaf Soueif, and April 6 Youth Movement co-founder Ahmed Maher.

The front presents itself as an alternative group that will fight against "military oppression" as well as "the Muslim Brotherhood's violence and sectarianism" and seek the "restoration of the January 25 revolution."

Egypt’s military led a coalition of political forces in removing the Brotherhood's Mohamed Morsi from the presidency in July, after mass national protests against the former elected president.

Hatem Tallima, the spokesperson for the new group, told Ahram Online that he is "optimistic" that the movement will "embody the collective voice" of those supporting these ideas.

"However, I know that [the number of] people that believe in our principles is limited for now," he said.

Tallima said that some revolutionaries had sacrificed a rejection of the "authoritarian state" because of their hatred for the Muslim Brotherhood.

"The appointment of 17 governors with military backgrounds, the reinstatement of Mubarak-affiliated figures in some state institutions, and the way by which the constitution-drafting committees were formed give an indication that Egypt is not moving towards the correct revolutionary path," he concluded.

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