20 November 2012

Egypt: Interior Ministry Urges Revolutionary Forces to Keep Demonstrators Away From Ministry Premises

The Interior Ministry's media spokesperson said on Monday 19/11/2012 that the Interior Ministry has reassured protesters many times that it firmly believes in peaceful and legitimate freedom of expression, without attacking the freedom of others, their interests or public facilities.

Fifty political groups participated in protests commemorating the clashes between police and protesters in Mohamed Mahmoud Street near the Interior Ministry last November, which left nearly 40 dead and hundreds injured.

In a statement on Monday 19/11/2012, participating groups said the event aims to glorify the heroes of Mohamed Mahmoud by informing the common citizens of the reality behind the incidents.

Signatories to the statement included the Popular Current, the Socialist Popular Alliance, the April 6 Youth Movement and the Constitution Party.

University students began marching from Cairo University to Tahrir Square in mid-afternoon to mark the anniversary.

The liberal Wafd Party, Popular Socialist Alliance Party, April 6 Youth Movement, Constitution Party and Maspero Youth Coalition are also taking part in the memorial event.

The commemoration starts on Monday and will continue until Friday.

Each day activists will march from a different location to Tahrir Square and Mohamed Mahmoud Street.

The Second Revolution of Rage group has called for a march on Monday from the school in Sayyida Zeinab attended by one of the slain protesters to Mohamed Mahmoud Street. A second protest will take place on Qasr El-Nil Bridge at 5:30 pm to remember those who suffered eye injuries during the clashes.

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