Egypt Independent

April 6 Youth Movement accuses SCAF of ignoring assaults on activists



The April 6 Youth Movement on Saturday accused the government and the ruling military council of disregarding reports of assaults against its members.

In a statement, the movement said that it filed complaints with the attorney general about the attacks, which have been ongoing since last February.

“Loyalists of the collapsed regime assaulted our activists in different governorates in a systematic way, with the military council and the Ministry of Interior turning a blind eye,” the statement added.

On Thursday, the movement said that its members in Minya received an assassination threat through an anonymous email message. It also said that one of the movement’s coordinators in Minya was kidnapped on 8 July and was released after being held for three days.

The movement on Saturday said that its members in the governorates of Gharbiya, Daqahlia, Sharqiya and Cairo were subject to physical assaults and assassination threats.

“The authorities did nothing to stop or investigate (the assaults), and this ignorance in dealing with reports we have submitted, we consider it to be deliberate, by official bodies, and especially the military council and the Ministry of Interior,” the statement added.

"The movement will hold the military council and the Ministry of Interior fully responsible for attacks targeting any of the activists in the future,” the statement said.

The activist organization launched "The White Circle and the Black Circle" campaign on 17 September to boost political awareness nationwide by exposing corrupt candidates and former NDP members who intend to run for office.

The April 6 Youth Movement, established in 2008 in support of labor protests in the city of Mahalla, Egypt's textile industry center, was at the forefront of activist groups that called for mass protests that eventually toppled former President Hosni Mubarak in February.

Tensions between the group and the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) have been rising since July, when clashes erupted between army forces and protesters in Abbasseya.

Prior to the clashes, SCAF officials accused April 6 of receiving foreign funding designed to divide the army and the people.