Egypt Rebel group cancels Mohamed Mahmoud commemoration, claims Brotherhood will disrupt the day

Ahram Online, Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

The anti-Morsi Rebel group withdraws from participation in the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, saying retribution will be achieved through a just regime

Egypt’s Rebel movement announced late Monday it would not partake in the second anniversary commemoration of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, citing fears the event might be used by the Muslim Brotherhood to serve their own interests.

“We call on Egyptians not to protest [Tuesday] so we don't allow the infiltrators who betrayed the revolution and the nation, such as the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood, to once again entangle the revolution in battles for their own interest,” the group stated on their official Facebook page, affirming the cancellation of their previously planned commemorative events nationwide.

The 19 November 2011 Mohamed Mahmoud clashes, which erupted between protesters and security forces outside the Interior Ministry headquarters, eventually fuelled a movement opposed not only to military rule but also to the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamist allies for having denounced the protesters and accused them of seeking to foil the parliamentary elections scheduled a week away from the deadly violence.

The six-day clashes killed at least 47 across Egypt.

The anti-Morsi Rebel group, which had all but propelled his ouster through its vigorous nationwide campaign, added that retribution for the Mohamed Mahmoud martyrs will be achieved once a just regime is established.

The group also condemned the Monday attack on the government-installed foundation in Tahrir Square for the would-be memorial dedicated to the martyrs of the revolution, after anti-Brotherhood and anti-military protesters – in the square for the first time since Morsi’s ouster – partially damaged and spray-painted slogans on the structure.

The slogans, which demanded "retribution for all the martyrs," also read "down with military rule" and "down with traitors of the revolution: the military, the feloul [Mubarak-era sympathisers and beneficiaries], and the Brotherhood."

The Rebel movement also claimed that members of the “militant” Muslim Brotherhood feigning affiliation to “the Revolution’s youth” will head to Tahrir Square on Tuesday to drag the protesters into violence and then “trade with their blood.”

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL), an Islamist coalition demanding the reinstatement of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, called on its followers to converge on the streets Monday to mark the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud clashes.

The alliance also warned its loyalists against heading to Mohamed Mahmoud Street or any venues of potential confrontation “to deny plotters the chance of stirring violence and holding the alliance responsible.”

Thousands joined calls by the Martyr Gaber Salah Movement -- named after Gaber Salah (aka Jika) who was killed by police forces on last year's first anniversary of the clashes -- and held their commemoration a day ahead of the actual date to avoid being "appropriated by state or Muslim Brotherhood forces to serve their respective interests."

Meanwhile, a number of groups, including the Way of the Revolution Front, called for protests to be held on the anniversary's actual date, Tuesday, 19 November.

Egypt's Interior Ministry officially stated on Sunday it had taken all necessary measures to secure Tuesday's commemorations and warned against "elements that might infiltrate the gatherings to threaten public security and peaceful protest."

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