Several political figures denounce banning April 6 Movement
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By SARA OSAMA SHOUREAP

CAIRO: Several political figures denounced on Tuesday the banning of the April 6 Youth Movement, describing the verdict issued by Abdeen Court for Urgent Matters as “illegal.”

The April 6 Youth Movement held a press conference on Tuesday to discuss the court ruling banning them at the Press Syndicate, in coordination with the syndicate’s Freedoms Committee, according to a Monday press release.

A number of leading figures attended the conference; head of the syndicate’s Freedoms Committee Mohamed Abdel Kedous, Kefaya movement founder Gerorge Ishak, former presidential candidate Khaled Ali, and many others.

Since 2008 until the beginning of the January 25 Revolution in 2011, several political figures were eager to participate in any of April 6 events, former presidential candidate Khaled Ali said in a Tuesday press conference.

“If the [governmental] train tramples the April 6 Movement, all those who are silent now and cheer [for the regime] will also get trampled. I promise that if they continue cheering like that or continue in their silence, the train will trample them as well because we are currently between a revolution and a counter-revolution, with our future president, who is now a presidential candidate called Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,” Ali added.

All April 6 Youth Movement activities were banned on April 28 by a decision from Abdeen Court for Urgent Matters.

April 6 member Zizo Abdo said that “defending the oppressed institute” denounced the verdict issued to ban the movement.

Member of the high committee of the Egyptian Current Party Mohamed Al-Kasas said in the framework of the conference, “We are here in solidarity with the revolutionary powers and April 6 Movement against the verdict of its ban considering it was politicized, illegal, and shows the series of downfall of the judiciary and the country’s institutions.”

“The banning verdict is a political decision, unfair, and issued from an unauthorized court,” head of the syndicate’s Freedoms Committee Mohamed Abdel Kedous said in a Tuesday conference, according to Almesryoon website.

Abdel Kedous denounced banning the movement, saying the ban is an “insult” to Egypt and the January 25 revolution since the movement was honored in 2008.

“From the beginning, National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) was against the [protest] law that appeared. We are not with prohibiting protesting but against the organization of these protests,” NCHR and Kefaya movement founder George Ishak said during the conference.

In February, Ishak said the Cabinet ignored NCHR’s 15 suggestions about the protest law.

According to the official April 6 Facebook page, they will declare their stance from the forthcoming presidential elections in a press conference at 12:30.

April 6 Youth Movement was founded in 2008 to support textile worker strikes in Mahalla El-Kubra, one of it’s most prominent opposition movements in Egypt.

Since the protest law was issued on November 24, April 6 was the first movement that protested against the law by holding a number of protests to repeal it.

The No To Military Trials for Civilians campaign organized a protest against the 50-member committee at the Shura Council on Nov. 26 to refuse the article regarding military trials in the constitution. Security forces dispersed the demonstration based on the new protest law by interim President Adly Mansour, claiming that there was no permission granted to protest.

After the protest, April 6 founder Ahmed Maher was arrested for participating in the protest.

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