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Egypt's Islamists rally to support President Morsi

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Tens of thousands have gathered in front of Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City to voice their support for President Mohamed Morsi.

The pro-Morsi rallies, which were organised under the banner of “denouncing violence,” come ahead of planned anti-Morsi protests on 30 June.

Demonstrators held banners in support of the president, chanting “Islam is the solution” and “the Quran is the constitution.”

Some held Egyptian flags, while others held flags with the logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, or black flags emblazoned with the slogan “no God but God.”

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, several demonstrators formed ad hoc protection committees around the vicinity of the mosque in case of violence.

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members were bussed into Cairo for the rally from other governorates, reported Al-Ahram. One man held a sign reading “Upper Egyptians are with you, Mr. President.”

A number of prominent Islamist figures took to the stage on Friday afternoon, such as Salafist preacher Safwat El-Hegazy, former MP Mohamed El-Omda, and presenter on Misr 25, the Brotherhood’s official channel, Noor Abdel-Hafez, reported Ahram Online’s Osman El-Sharnoubi.

Speaking to the masses from the stage, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya member Assem Abdel-Maged announced that copies of the pro-Morsi Tagarud ‘Impartiality’ petition forms had been distributed among the thousands present. He asked them to bring the petitions signed to next Friday’s million-man march.

“Tagarud has collected 13 million signatures,” announced Abdel-Magued.

The pro-Morsi campaign, which is connecting signatures to counter an anti-Morsi signature drive by the Rebel campaign, had announced on Thursday that it had only collected 11 million signatures.

He further vowed that by next Friday, 33 million signatures would have been collected.

“Next Friday is the spark for the Islamic revolution,” he said.

On Thursday, the anti-Morsi campaign announced that it had collected 15 million signatures, 2 more than the 13 million that brought the Islamist president to power last year.

Prior to his speech, Abdel-Maged held the hands of Mohamed Omara, a member of the Salafist Nour Party, welcoming him onto the stage.

The Nour Party and ideological parent the Salafist Call had said that they would not officially participate in either the pro-Morsi rallies or the opposition protests on 30 June, objecting to the increasing levels of political polarisation.

While several ambulances are on site, no security forces have been deployed as yet to the rally.

There were some chants against Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad at the demonstration.

The rally saw a martial arts performance by Islamist youths wearing chest guards typically worn in martial arts matches.

Privately-owned television channels ONTV and CBC, both often accused by Islamists of being anti-Muslim Brotherhood, have said that their crews were assaulted by the crowds while covering the protests.

On Saturday, President Morsi severed ties with Syria and withdrew the Egyptian ambassador from Damascus, a move which the opposition perceived as an attempt to please both the US and his Islamist supporters.

Seventeen Islamist parties have announced their support for Friday's pro-Morsi rallies, including the Freedom and Justice Party, the Wasat Party, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Building and Development Party, and the Salafist Watan and Asala parties.

"We seek to promote peaceful means of demonstrating, denounce the opposition's calls for violence and – most importantly – support Egypt's freely elected president and defend his democratic legitimacy," Ahmed Oqeil, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) told Ahram Online.

Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/News/74585.aspx


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All this is getting more and more crazy by the day, though I think the 'whiff of grapeshot' is some distance off yet.

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Not too far I fear.......
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I have the whiff of grapeshot most nights as the local rugrats set off their home made pipe bombs using the very suspicious ingredients of the Chinese fireworks. The new Egyptian defense force in the making I think.
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All these petitions after last years election. The arguments of the secularists would carry more weight if they were consistent and they weren't still carrying the fleas from lying down with the evil Shafik. Having more than once called for boycott they now want an 'election' of their own.

Getting 15 million signatures now is in stark contrast to their previous calls for boycott in the Presidential election where the low turnout (of between 43% and 51%) was partly their fault and intention. Complaining now about a result caused by their boycott seems foolish. They also called for boycott in other elections.

In the second round the secularists, or rather those secularists who did not support boycott, voted for the monster Shafik.

These people need to work out what they want. They refuse to vote in normal elections but want to hold their own, and self administered, at a later date of their own choosing, They called for freedom in the first round but, in the second round, called for a vote for the 'son of Mubarak' because they couldn't get their own man into the final round. They now seem to want to have a second election - maybe they have now found a candidate who is not infested with flees.

Have they considered that two can play the petition game and that this could lead to fresh elections whenever anyone is dissatisfied with the result of the last one and is able to get some new scrawls on a bit of paper. Whatever happened to the secularist protests about the lack of judicial supervision in the presidential election? Have they now followed their own standards and got judicial supervision of their petition?

These people are the gift that keeps on giving. Inconsistent behavior in voting and backing freedom with the creatures of the dictatorship. Maybe all they can organize is a demo. and a lot of third rate and biased journalism.

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