Urgent call to all political forces

July 7th, 2013 by Editor

EOHR calls all political forces to prevent the shedding of Egyptian blood

EOHR expresses its deep concern about the increase of violence through the country yesterday, July 6, 2013. This growing violence came after the military overthrow President Mohamed Morsi in response to the popular will, and the investiture of Adly Mansour, as interim President (until new parliamentary and presidential elections take place, and the composure of a new constitution for the country). The violent incidents in the last two days resulted in 43 deaths and about 1404 injurues.

The ousting of President Mohamed Morsi by the Supreme Council of Armed Forces (SCAF) and the appointment of Adly Mansour based on the will of people expressed in mass demonstrations through all the country, have provoked the Muslim Brotherhood, which announced in successive statements that they are ready to defend Morsi even if their own blood is shed. This was expressed by the Mohamed Badei, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood in his speech to his supporters at Rabaa El Adaweya square. He said that “millions will remain in the streets until we carry our elected president on our necks”, exacerbating the wave of violence which swept the country. The more prominent incidents took place in the North Sinai, at the University of Cairo, in the perimeter of Abdel Monaim Ryad Square and in El Manial and Alexandria Governorates.

The North Sinai Governorate witnessed repeated violent actions. Unidentified shooting where fired against the security camp located on the international road “El Arish – Rafah”, forcing the members of the station to respond to them. A camp of the Central Security Forces has also been attacked in Rafah, in El Ahrash area. In El Arish city, the pro-Morsi took the control of the Governorate headquarters and waved on its roof the black Islamist flag (known as Al Qaeda flag). They blow up the gas pipeline in the south of El Arish leading to Jordan and attacked simultaneously 6 checkpoints on the road “El Arish – Rafah” and in the north of Sheikh Zoweyd city. Finally, the Reverend Mina Abud Sharobim, pastor of one Church of El Arish, has been killed by extremists. 

In Giza Governorate, clashes occurred between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, gathered at Nahda square, and the locals of El Sarayat area. Both sides exchanged fires (live bullets and cartridge shots) which led to the injury of dozens of people. Clashes renewed early Sunday, also with firearms, next to Cairo University, between the locals and the supporters of Dr. Mohamed Morsi. The sitters responded to the attack with 6 automatic weapons and others cartridge, chanting Allah Akbar. Then a group of Morsi supporters, wearing black masks, delivered by scooters to the sitting members knifes, sticks and Molotov cocktails to be used in addressing any attack. 

Clashes also occurred in Cairo Governorate, and specifically around Abdel Monaim Ryad Square, between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and demonstrators in Tahrir. The supporters of the ousted President used stones, Molotov cocktails and cartridge shots, followed by a wave of hit-and-run up and down the 6th October Bridge overlooking on the Abdel Monaim Ryad Square. Gunfire have been heard in the neighborhood. El Manial area also saw the assault of Muslim Brotherhood supporters against citizens, resulting in dozens of dead. While many of them went to Maspero, and then surrounding the Television and Radio building they began chanting anti-media slogans.  

In Alexandria Governorate, many violent incidents also happened between supporters of Morsi, his opponents and elements of the army, which intervened in support of the police force. The protesters threw stones and fire balls on police cars, then the security forces chased Morsi supporters and fired tear gas to break up the clash between them and the demonstrators gathered in Sidi Gaber Square to celebrate. The supporters of the ousted President fired cartridges and threw stones on the security forces. The clashes resulted in the death of 12 civilians and the injury of about 200 persons.

EOHR emphasizes that what is happening these days is a violation of the right to life. The current events are contrary to the 25 January Revolution demands, which include human dignity. EOHR considers it as a provocation for a large part of the Egyptian masses.  

EOHR calls for opening an immediate and urgent investigation about the circumstances of those incidents to reveal the main culprits, to present them to the public opinion and the judiciary in order to be punished. It would be a lesson for those tempted to play on the country security, its stability, tampering with the destiny of the Egyptian state and terrorizing peaceful citizens.   

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the head of EOHR, affirmed that the violence which rages now and tops the political arena will not bring any solution to the numerous problems of the country. A peaceful dialogue must be built to open a new page and leave the past behind us to restore the modern Egypt.

Mr. Abu Seada stressed that the pursuit of the Muslim Brotherhood to drag the country into a twist of violence and counter-violence will only lead to more bloodshed. The Brotherhood has to integrate the political process in order to preserve the State of law and the human rights; especially that there is a committee for national reconciliation that aims to remove tensions and divisions of the Egyptian streets, resulting from the ousted President’s policies.

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