- Middle East/North Africa
Islamist forces have demanded that President Mohamed Morsy and Prime Minister Hesham Qandil take decisive action against demonstrators on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, accusing them of aiming to spread chaos in the country.
“We need to know which political current they come from,” said Gamal Heshmat of the Freedom and Justice Party. “No movement has said they were associated with the protests.”
“They are not the revolutionaries we know,” he added. “The revolutionaries performed the prayers in the square, they do not.”
“The street demonstrations coinciding with the problems raised around the Constituent Assembly tell us something,” he said.
“If protesters want retribution for those who were killed on Mohamed Mahmoud Street last year, they should demonstrate outside the public prosecutor’s office,” he added. “He did not provide sufficient evidence to incriminate the killers.”
“And when President Morsy fired him, certain political forces demanding retribution for the martyrs defended him.”
Nour Party Secretary General Galal al-Morra urged demonstrators to protest peacefully, and called for punishing “aggressors against state institutions, be they revolutionaries or police.”
He stressed the importance of taking decisive action against abuses.
He accused the media, the remnants of the former regime, certain judges and the leaders of the national security and intelligence services of masterminding these events to disrupt the process of reform.
“The president should intervene to stop the clashes,” he said. “And the people will support him.”
Alaa Abul Nasr, secretary general of Jama’a al-Islamiya’s Construction and Development Party, called on the government to take legal action against the demonstrators.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm