Essam al-Erian calls for besieging US Embassy for ‘role in military coup’

Vice President of the Freedom and Justice Party Essam al-Erian on Monday called on Egyptians to besiege the US Embassy in a session of the dissolved Shura Council held at a hall near to the Rabaa al-Adaweya Mosque.

He called for besieging the embassy to push its staff to leave the country.

"We hope the diplomats will not be exposed to any harm, but we want them out of the country. We do not want them on our land," said Erian, adding that the American role in what he called "the military coup" in Egypt is clear.

Erian also said that the peaceful protests will escalate with more Muslims, Christians, children, and youth joining.

He called on army and intelligence leaders who took part in the "coup" to pack their bags as early as possible because "people will not have mercy on anyone."

He added that he trusts that the Armed Forces will correct its ways even before the police and the judiciary, and achieve the goals that have not been achieved since the 25 January revolution.

Safwat Abdel Ghany, a leader from the Jama’ a al-Islamiya and a member of the dissolved Shura Council, described the ouster of ex-President Morsy as a "treacherous coup that had been planned a while ago."

In the same "Shura Council session," Abdel Ghany added that "nobody has legitimacy expect this council, which should lead the blessed revolution that seeks to restore dignity."

Adel Afify, representative of the Asala Party in the Shura Council, said that he had sent an email to Secretary General of the United Nations Ban ki-moon in which he called for bringing those who perpetrated the coup to trial before the International Criminal Court.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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