Anti-coup bloc to shun anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud clashes

On Tuesday, Egyptians will mark the second anniversary of deadly clashes between protesters and policemen in the Mohamed Mahmoud Street

Anti-coup bloc to shun anniversary of Mohamed Mahmoud clashes

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, will not participate in Tuesday's activities commemorating the second anniversary of bloody clashes between demonstrators and policemen around the Interior Ministry.

"We will not commemorate the anniversary," Ali Khafagi, a coalition member and youth secretary of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Giza, told Anadolu Agency.

On Tuesday, Egyptians will mark the second anniversary of deadly clashes between protesters and policemen in the Mohamed Mahmoud Street.

Scores of people were killed in the violence, which was triggered by the eviction of sit-in staged by injured protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Khafagi argued that the pro-Morsi bloc will not participate in Tuesday's activities in order "not to give a pretext to the Interior Ministry to suppress revolutionaries".

He said the pro-democracy coalition will stage a rally to the Qoba presidential palace in eastern Cairo in an effort to "abort attempts that aim to tarnish the image of the revolution and revolutionaries".

Youth groups accuse the military, which ran Egypt for a year and a half after the downfall of former president Hosni Mubarak, of being responsible for the violence and call for the trial of council members, including ex-army chief Hussein Tantawi.

Khafagi said young Brotherhood members had tried to present initiatives for restoring calm.

He insisted that Brotherhood youth had launched "major epics" against attempts of the military council to remain in power and against "police thuggery against revolutionaries".

"The military council had dishonored its pledges and tried to impose its vision and interests on the will of the Egyptians and their desire to build their own country," Khafagi said.

"But the demonstrators had forced the council to lay out a roadmap for a transition to civilian rule," he said, comparing the current developments in Egypt to what happened under the military council.

Egypt has been in a state of turmoil since the military establishment ousted democratically-elected Morsi in July following mass protests against his presidency.

The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a "military coup," while supporters of the move call it a military-backed "popular uprising."

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