Youth groups plan Friday protest at High Court

Several youth movements announced Tuesday that they would perform Friday prayers outside the prosecutor general’s office at the High Court in Cairo.

They are demanding the dismissal of Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah, Justice Minister Ahmed Mekky and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim after Abdullah issued arrest warrants for five activists, accused of inciting clashes near the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Moqattam last week.  

They also called for the Public Prosecution to summon Brotherhood members involved in the Moqattam and Ettehadiya President Palace violence and accused the judicial body of being biased against Brotherhood opponents.

Representatives of 12 youth groups, including the Dostour Party, Free Egyptians Party, the Kefaya Movement, the Second Revolution of Anger and Maspero Youth Union, held a meeting Tuesday at the Youth for Freedom and Justice Movement headquarters to discuss their Friday plans.

This week’s court ruling reinstating former top prosecutor Abdel Meguid Mahmoud has prompted some youth movements to hold off supporting the Friday demonstration.

Ramez al-Masry, spokesperson for the Free Front for Peaceful Change said they will decide on Thursday whether to turn the protest into a sit-in, saying, "We are not going to be intimidated."

April 6 Youth Movement spokesperson Khaled al-Masry said the movement has not decided whether they would participate in Friday's protest.

The Cairo Appeals Court decision has put the movement between “a rock and a hard place.” It must either support a member of the former administration or the Muslim Brotherhood's appointee, Masry said. What is needed, he added, is politically neutral official who represents all Egyptians.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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