Politicians criticize MB calls for March 19 protest
Pro-Muslim Brotherhood protester wear a Rabaa Sign mask - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Politicians and political parties criticized the Muslim Brotherhood’s call for protests on March 19 that would continue for 11 consecutive days under the slogan “The Street is Ours-Together for Salvation.”

The Brotherhood’s appeal has waned in Egypt and any statements they issue or sit-ins they threaten is for the media’s consumption and an attempt to pressure authorities to reach a political deal to stay in politics, Essam al-Sherif told Youm7 on Tuesday.

Sherif said the Brotherhood are “playing with their last card,” which is to use youth to ignite violence for use in the western media.

Tariq al-Kholi, a member of the political bureau of the Revolutionary power coalition, told Youm7 that the Muslim Brotherhood’s calls will fail as usual especially since “they don’t have a popular backing in the streets.”

Kholi added that the group is attempting to divide Egypt and find a way to spread chaos and confusion before presidential elections.

“Talking about reconciliation initiatives with the Muslim Brotherhood is considered a waste of time,” a member of the Salvation Front Omar al-Gendy told Youm7 on Tuesday.

“How will the government reconcile with a ‘terrorist’ group that kills the country’s sons every minute,” al-Gendy added.

Amr Ali, a member of the Free Egyptians Party, told Youm7 on Tuesday that Hassan Nafaa is living in a hypothetical world, asserting that they don’t care about the reconciliation initiative with terrorisms.

Political Science Professor at Cairo University Hassan Nafaa proposed an initiative on Feb. 5 calling for reconciliation between the government and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Nafaa told Youm7 he presented the initiative in October 2013 to Major General Mohamed al-Assar and called it ‘A Plan to Rescue the Country,’ but it was not implemented and Nafaa thought it was a good idea to present it again.

Dissident Muslim Brotherhood Youth Coalition coordinator Amr Emara told Youm7 on Tuesday that the Brotherhood will escalate the crisis by increasing student protests at Al-Azhar University and will target police stations.

Khaled al-Zafarny, a specialist in the Islamic group affairs said in a phone interview with al-Mehwar on March 16, that the Muslim Brotherhood exerted its utmost efforts and lost its ability to mobilize people.

The official spokesperson of Tamarod Iman al-Mahdy told Sada al-Bald on March 11 that the Muslim Brotherhood call is a “failure.”

According to al-Wafd, member of the Egyptian socialist party Ahmed Bahaa al-Deen Shaaban said that Egyptians must not be afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood calls.

The spokesperson of the Nasserist Party Essam Abdeen said that Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests shows that they don’t want stability in Egypt and their only mean is desolation and destruction.

Cairo University Political Science Professor Hassan Nafaa told The Cairo Post on March 11 that the Muslim Brotherhood is just trying to put pressure on the current regime, adding that such a call would increase polarization and violence in the country.

The Brotherhood has to give up this strategy in dealing with the current situation, Nafaa said, calling on the Brotherhood to adopt the national reconciliation initiative in order to remove current tensions.

According to a press statement issued on March 10, the National Alliance to Support Legitimacy has a set of demands that will be showcased during the 11 days of protests, which include retribution for those killed, constitutional legitimacy, activating the democratic path and achieving social justice and human dignity.

Additionally reporting by Iman Ali, Mohamed Magdy al-Sisi, Ramy Said.

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