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Islamists Reject Egypt Civil Disobedience

Published: 08/02/2012 05:18:40 PM GMT
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CAIRO - Egypt's Islamists have rejected calls by revolutionary groups for civil disobedience next week on the first anniversary of the fall of president Hosni Mubarak.“Civil disobedience and general strike would worsen the (more)

CAIRO - Egypt's Islamists have rejected calls by revolutionary groups for civil disobedience next week on the first anniversary of the fall of president Hosni Mubarak.

“Civil disobedience and general strike would worsen the already bad economic, social and service situation,” the Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement.

“This would lead to disintegrate the country and bring it down.”

Some youth and revolutionary groups have called for civil disobedience on Saturday, February 11, which marks the first anniversary of Mubarak's ouster in a popular revolt.

Organizers argue that the strike aims to pile pressures on the ruling military council to hand over power to a civilian authority.

The call comes amid deadly clashes between protestors and security forces in Cairo and several Egyptian cities, which left at least 15 people dead.

“This call poses a grave danger to the interests of the country and its future,” warned Mahmoud Hussein, the secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood, reported Al-Shorouk newspaper.

He called on all Egyptians to shun this call for civil disobedience and instead double their efforts to rebuild their country.

“Those who want to protest on that day have the right to do so but in a peaceful and civilized manner.”

The Brotherhood, whose Freedom and Justice Party won most seats in Egypt's lower house of parliament, called on supporters of the civil disobedience to give up “this destructive call”.

“We have to be patient as there are many requests and it needs some time to correct the corruption of the past 30 years.”


The second biggest parliamentary bloc also rejected calls for civil disobedience in Egypt.

“These calls will only lead to more complications and worsen the already tense situation,” Nader Bakkar, spokesman of the Salafi Al-Nour Party, said.

He stressed that the parliament is currently playing an important role in fulfilling the goals of the revolution.

“The door has already been opened for the nomination of presidential election, which means that authority is about to be handed over to civilians.”

Egypt's military rulers have set March 10 to open nominations for the country's presidential election.

Though no date has been yet set for the elections, it is expected that the polls would be held by May.

Al-Gama'a Al-Islamiya has also reiterated rejection of civil disobedience in the country.

“It is a call for destruction,” spokesman Assem Abdel-Majid said.

“It only aims to bring the state down.”

But the calls for civil disobedience won support from some Islamist leaders.

“There is no harm from disobedience as long as it is a peaceful strike,” presidential hopeful Abdel-Moneim Abul-Futuh said.

He said the call reflects the deep anger among Egyptians, especially after deadly football violence in the Mediterranean city of Port Said, which left at least 77 people dead.

Islamist candidate Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail also hinted support for civil disobedience.

“Calls for civil disobedience on February 11 are justified,” he told the BBC.

He reiterated that he has not yet made up his mind about the call.“But if the current situation continues, I will support disobedience.”

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