Egypt's pro-democracy bloc calls for new protests on 6th month of Rabaa dispersal
Thursday, February 13, 2014
CAIRO - A major pro-democracy group in Egypt on Thursday called for a week of protests to mark the passing of three months since the violent dispersal of two sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo and Giza, during which hundreds were killed.
"Let's continue the revolutionary activity…in a glorious week under the theme of 'Rabaa, the Revolution's Icon' starting Friday," the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy said in a statement on Thursday.
Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in eastern Cairo was the scene of the larger of two major tent camps erected by Morsi's backers protesting against his ouster by the army in July. Along with the smaller one in Nahda Square in Giza, the protest camp was stormed by security forces in a bloody crackdown that left hundreds of protesters dead and thousands injured.
A number of policemen were also killed in the standoff.
"Let's show our loyalty to the martyrs, the injured and the detainees as well as the revolution's icon, elected president Mohamed Morsi," the alliance statement said Thursday.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, was removed from power by the military on July 3 following mass protests against his presidency.
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