World Bulletin/News Desk
A host of Egyptian activists credited with spearheading the 2011 uprising that toppled longstanding autocrat Hosni Mubarak are now teaming up to create a new front with the stated aim of "reclaiming the revolution and confronting the counter-revolution."
"Thuwar" ("Revolutionaries" in Arabic) brings together independent activists from several protest movements of different backgrounds, including the 6 April youth movement, the Hakemohom ("Prosecute Them") campaign, and the federation of independent trade unions.
Ahmed Maher, 6 April co-founder, told a press conference that the front would "struggle for the restoration of the revolution and its objectives of 'bread, freedom and social justice'," referring to the slogan widely heard during Egypt's January 25 revolution.
Activist Alaa Abdel-Fattah said the front would make retribution for the "martyrs" of the revolution a priority. It would also work to establish "a clear-cut path for social justice," he said.
"The front will pressure those in power to bring to account those responsible for killing and injuring protesters," he added.
"There will be no reconciliation with those who committed crimes against the people, whether from the Mubarak regime, the military council, the Brotherhood or the interim authorities," he added, referring to the four regimes that ruled Egypt over the past three years.
In a statement, the front said it sought to "shut the door on the establishment of a tyrannical regime."
Reforming the judiciary and overhauling the police are also among the front's chief objectives, the statement said.
Egypt has been in the throes of political turmoil since the July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi – the country's first democratically elected president – by Egypt's powerful military.Last Mod: 24 Eylül 2013, 21:59