Islamists visit Constitution Party's Dawoud after brutal attack

Ahram Online, Monday 7 Oct 2013

Representatives from pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy tell Dawoud that his attackers 'do not represent Islam or Muslims'

Constitution Party spokesman Khaled Dawoud says he was visited by Islamist figures after being subject to a brutal knife attack on Friday.

Dawoud, a former spokesman for the anti-Morsi National Salvation Front (NSF), was stabbed in his chest and sustained a severe wound to his hand on Friday in central Cairo after being attacked by protesters supporting deposed president Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood.

Without identifying the specific visitors, Dawoud said that four representatives from the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Building and Development Party, and the Salafist Call visited him to express sorrow over the incident.

The quartet, who are members of the pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, told him that the assailants do not represent Islam or Muslims.

"The visit won't make me withdraw the report I filed [to the police]," he said in a phone interview with told Reuters' Aswat Masriya. "If someone assaulted me with a penknife he must be brought to justice."

Dawoud also reiterated that the assaulters called him an "apostate," and added that one tried to cut off his hand with a paper cutter. He was pulled out of his car and beaten before being stabbed twice in the chest.

Right after the incident, the FJP condemned the attack in a media statement.

Morsi supporters held protests in Cairo on Friday, but failed to reach key locations such as Tahrir Square and the presidential palace amidst stiff opposition from security forces and local residents.

One protester was killed in clashes between Morsi supporters and local residents in central Cairo's Manial. Other confrontations erupted later between supporters and opponents of Morsi in Ibn Sandr Square in the western Cairo suburb of Zeitoun, leaving three more dead.

Dawoud, a staunch opponent of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, resigned from the NSF in mid-August to protest the Front's support for the forcible dispersal of two large protest camps established by Morsi supporters.

The dispersal, led by security forces, left hundreds of protesters dead.

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