Jama’a al-Islamiya leader: We will fight to defend Morsy

Jama'a al-Islamiya leader Assem Abdel Maged said Wednesday night that supporters of toppled Islamist President Mohamed Morsy would “fight” for his reinstatement.

Abdel Maged, a member of the Jama'a al-Islamiya Shura Council, said that the US supported what he called the “coup against the legitimacy of [former] President Mohamed Morsy.”

In a speech he delivered to the pro-Morsy protesters at Rabaa al-Adawiya, in Nasr City, he added that the US is fighting Islam and is working to transform Egypt from an Islamic state to a secular state led by the corrupt opposition.

Abdel Maged added, "We will fight for elected legitimacy and for Islam. We will not abandon the squares," calling on protesters to remain in the squares until Morsy returns to power.

Abdel Maged added that he rejects negotiations with illegitimate figures. "We will only speak with President Morsy, who will return soon."

Abdel Maged also accused the media of spreading lies.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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