CAIRO: The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) called for escalation in a statement issued Wednesday on its official Facebook page, under the slogan “The second revolutionary wave of 2014.”
The pro-Muslim Brotherhood Islamist alliance called for mass demonstrations in all squares on Friday, adding that it welcomes the participation of pro-Brotherhood students, considering them the leaders of the new wave of protests.
Over the past two weeks, NASL had continuously called for demonstrations starting March 19 to last until the end of the month.
The Ministry of Health announced that clashes between MB supporters and security forces on the first day of protests resulted in two deaths and 30 injuries in different governorates.
NASL praised the efforts of its supporters in the Wednesday protests, demanding to hold mass funerals on Friday for the victims of the first day of protests, according to the statement.
Several non-Islamists groups that oppose the regime did protest on Wednesday as well, calling for the release of political detainees. However, these groups dissociated themselves from the NASL protests.
“April 6 Youth Movement did not coordinate with the Coalition to Support Legitimacy to participate in the demonstrations against the current regime,” Mohamed Kamal, executive office member of April 6, said Wednesday in an interview on Al-Ghad Al-Arabi TV channel.
The statement further said NASL blames security forces for killing its protesters over the last 8 months, in particular the violent dispersal of the Rabaa al-Adaweya Square sit-in on August 14, 2013, in which according to official numbers over 600 died.
The state-run National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) presented its report of the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in on March 16, largely blaming supporters of the ousted President Mohamed Morsi for the death of protesters during the dispersal.
This conclusion raised criticism as earlier reports by international human rights groups, such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, stated that the use of “excessive and disproportionate lethal force” by security forces caused the high number of casualties.