Egypt pro-democracy bloc calls for fresh week of protests

تم نشره في Thu 6 March / Mar 2014. 06:56 PM
CAIRO – Egypt's pro-democracy National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy on Thursday called on followers to stage a fresh series of protests next week in solidarity with demonstrators killed since last July's ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi.

"We will march this week for the martyrs and prisoners and to remind the public of the Rabaa massacre," the alliance, Morsi's main support bloc, declared in a statement.

It called for major protests on Friday to pay tribute to Morsi's female supporters on the occasion of International Women's Day.

The alliance regretted that Egyptian jails had become meeting places for freemen and women.

This comes only one day after Egypt's state-run National Council for Human Rights released a long-awaited report on last August's violent dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-in in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya square.

The report held both police and demonstrators responsible for the bloodshed.

The ousted president's supporters, however, categorically rejected the report, calling for the formation of an independent fact-finding commission to investigate the events of that tragic day.

In its Thursday statement, the pro-democracy alliance said the new week of protest will be held under the banner "We won't be ruled by Zionists and Americans."

"The ban [on Palestinian resistance faction Hamas] is a tool for punishing the Palestinian resistance for standing up to the Zionists and those who support Egypt's military coup," it asserted.

On Tuesday, Egypt's court for urgent matters banned all Hamas activity in the country, accusing the resistance group of interfering in Egypt's domestic affairs.

"Egypt will never become an American state or Jewish settlement," the alliance said in its statement.

Since Morsi's ouster by the military some eight months ago, the alliance has championed opposition to Egypt's army-installed interim authorities. (AA)