Some political powers shun rival protests in Egypt

The April 6 Youth Movement, one of the country's main youth and protest groups, said it will not partake in any protests on the day over fears of possible clashes

Some political powers shun rival protests in Egypt

World Bulletin/News Desk

Some Egyptian political powers are not taking part in rival protests on Sunday, which marks the 40th anniversary of Egypt's 1973 victory over Israel.

The occasion is widely considered a day of national pride for the Egyptian military.

However, several pro-democracy groups have been mobilizing for mass demonstrations to protest the army's July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

This has prompted a number of pro-army groups to call for counter-demonstrations, both to celebrate the war anniversary and show support for the army.

The April 6 Youth Movement, one of the country's main youth and protest groups, said it will not partake in any protests on the day over fears of possible clashes.

In press statements, spokesman Khaled al-Masri warned that rival protests "would only lead to more division and schism."

"The only way to end this societal strife is dialogue and coexistence," he added.

The Salafist Nour Party also announced it will not take part in any protests on Sunday, warning they would only "lead to more bloodshed."

The Strong Egypt Party of former presidential contender Abdel-Moenim Abu al-Fotouh took a similar position, urging rival factions to "set political differences aside on this national day."

Former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei has called for "reconciliation among all political powers after bringing to account those who committed crimes."

"Can we mark together the October victory anniversary as Egyptians? The option is ours," he twitted.

ElBaradei, who supported the army's ouster of Morsi, suspension of the constitution and installment of an unelected interim president, later resigned his post in protest at the violent dispersal of pro-Morsi protest camps, which left hundreds of protesters killed.

Last Mod: 06 Ekim 2013, 14:14
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