27 January 2013

Egypt: Activists to Commemorate 'Friday of Rage' Anniversary

Egypt's revolutionary forces said on Sunday that they hold the authorities accountable for the recent violence.

The revolutionary forces include the Dostour Party, the Popular Socialist Alliance Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, al-Karama Party and April 6 group.

The forces urged the people to establish that the revolution continues through holding prayers for the souls of the martyrs on Monday, which marks the anniversary of January 28 of 2011 - the day dubbed as "Friday of Rage" - at Qasr al-Nil Bridge.

In a statement issued by the revolutionary forces they stressed that the prayers will be for everyone who died since the beginning of the uprising until the past two days, as people continue to die in Suez, Port Said and Ismailia.

They called on the people to gather for a peaceful march at the afternoon from al-Sayeda Zainab Mosque to the Shura Council(upper house of the parliament).

They demand that the security forces learn their lesson and not clash with the protesters, as they have the right to protest anywhere as long as they maintain peacefulness.

The revolutionary powers said that the Egyptian people now know without doubt that they are ruled by a new gang; the Muslim Brotherhood group that seeks power over the entire country and uses all possible methods to break up the opposition, including murder.

They accused the current regime of not learning the lesson of Hosni Mubarak's toppled regime, as they still use his methods in adopting violence against the protesters.

They added that the rebels continue to offer sacrifices to acquire freedom, more of them fall to martyrdom either through the Brotherhood's militants or the state force.

The revolutionary forces emphasized their demands in the following points:

  1. Attaining retribution for Egypt's martyrs since January 25 and until now through prosecuting the real criminals according to the law of transitional justice.
  2. Announcing a clear plan to cleanse the interior ministry and reshuffling the security forces through drawing up a new policy for their role in protecting civilians, not killing them.
  3. Forming a national unity government that promptly starts working on a time-lined economic plan to deal with the collapsing economy and achieve social justice.
  4. Suspending the constitution that was written by an invalid assembly and was imposed on the people according to a referendum of questionable integrity, until another constitution with national and popular consensus is drafted through a new elected assembly.
  5. Dissolving the Muslim Brotherhood group that intrudes in running the country without any legal status.

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