Brotherhood figure says NSF has foreign agenda to destroy Egypt

The National Salvation Front (NSF), formed in the aftermath of President Mohamed Morsy’s constitutional declaration in November, has a foreign agenda that targets burning Egypt and its institutions through protests that demand downfall of the president, said Mohsen Rady, member of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP)’s supreme body and party secretary in Qalyubiya.

Those killed during incidents at the presidential Ettehadiya Palace are not martyrs, but saboteurs, Rady told Al-Masry Al-Youm in an interview posted on its website on Monday.

Calls by the NSF demanding the downfall of Morsy’s rule are part of a “foreign agenda that targets destroying the country and spreading chaos,” he said.

“The end of an elected president’s rule after no longer than six months is catastrophic. It means assaulting the popular will and disrespecting peaceful power transition,” Rady added.

“We [the Muslim Brotherhood and FJP] are working on our agenda to achieve development and construction. We don’t pay attention to calls for sabotage. We have always sought consensus with opposition forces through national dialogue, which they always reject. This shows their intentions to continue with seeking to usurp power,” Rady said.

Regarding the conditions of NSF leading figure Mohamed ElBaradei that ministers of defense and interior should take part in the national dialogue, Rady said he seeks re-involving the Armed Forces in policy, but that this was rejected by many revolutionaries.

Rady also said that the victims of the Ettehadiya clashes over the past week “are not martyrs. They got of prisons with the help of the interior ministry to take part in sabotage. Are persons who possess molotovs and arms considered martyrs? I don’t deny that some honorable persons become victims, but it is their inability to differentiate between public and private interests and agendas.”

“Tension exists. It will not end. Everything is possible, as the NSF insists on misleading public opinion and calling on the youth to practice violence and spread chaos to achieve its own interests,” Rady said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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