War of words ahead of January 25

War of words ahead of January 25

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Tue, 22/01/2013 - 21:53

Muslim Brotherhood Secretary General Mahmoud Hussein holds the Interior Ministry fully responsible for maintaining peaceful demonstrations on Friday, the second anniversary of the revolution, and told the state-run MENA website on Tuesday that the Brotherhood would not allow the burning of its offices on that day.

Hussein also said the group is not taking part in the demonstrations. He stressed the group’s intentions for reform. He said that the revolution will establish a system of social justice.

The presidency also denounced calls for acts of sabotage to public and private property on that day. Presidential spokesperson Yasser Ali said in a press conference on Tuesday that peaceful expression is guaranteed for all.

“We must show that the revolution continues,” Hamdeen Sabbahi, former presidential hopeful and founder of the Popular Current Party said. “We should not allow the Brotherhood or anyone else to hijack it.”

He called on the people to take to the streets on the second anniversary of the revolution.

The Second Revolution of Anger Movement on Tuesday called for a march on Wednesday to the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Manial.

The movement issued a statement saying the Egyptian people will not leave their fate in the hands of a group that only works for its own interests.

Meanwhile, various political forces and youth movements are preparing for demonstrations on the second anniversary of the revolution to Tahrir Square and the presidential palace, dubbing the day “Toppling the rule of the Brotherhood.”

They said demonstrations would be peaceful, but retained the right to self-defense, and called on the regime and Interior Ministry to protect them against militias.

Activists have been distributing leaflets urging citizens to take to the streets on that day.

Prime Minister Hisham Qandil said the post-revolution phase needs a new spirit of partnership and cooperation between all political forces. “We need to focus on building the nation rather than engage in disputes,” he said.

Hussein said that the group welcomes reconciliation with officials of the former regime that are accused of financial corruption, but not with those that were involved in killing demonstrators during the revolution.

“We want to return the looted money to the people,” he said.

He also said the group does not intend to monopolize politics or control all state institutions.

He added that the forces demanding changes to the constitution should obtain a majority in parliament first and then seek changes through the proper legal channels.

“And we are not responsible for the failure of the national dialogue,” Hussein said. “We participated in it like all other political parties and movements.”

During an interview with privately-owned Radio Masr, Tuesday, Sabbahi said that before oppositional forces take part in the national dialogue sponsored by the presidency, Morsy must apologize for ignoring the opposition.

Sabbahi believes that President Mohamed Morsy ignored all opposition factions when called for a constitutional referendum before reaching a national consensus over the draft.