Revolutionary movements call for Thursday protests
April 6 Youth Movement Members - YOUM7(Archive)
By AMIRA EL-FEKKI

CAIRO: A number of revolutionary movements called for a Thursday rally at 6 p.m. on October 6 Bridge, to demand the end of the protest law and the release of political detainees, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

The rally, organized under the title of “Clothing line,” is part of activities by revolutionary groups, including the April 6 Youth Movement, Revolutionary Socialists, the Road to Revolution Front, the Resistance Movement and We are all Gaber Jika movement.

Amid ongoing preparations for presidential elections, young revolutionaries recently launched a campaign called “Against You,” in reference to former Minister of Defense and current presidential candidate Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.

The campaign has been organizing a number of conferences and distributing leaflets to raise awareness about their cause, especially in the week before the elections scheduled to take place on May 26 and 27, the Jika movement posted on their Facebook page Wednesday.

The campaign published several statements on social media. “During the ten months that Sisi was in charge of state security, all we have seen is division in the country, oppression of freedoms, hundreds dying in the so-called war on terrorism, and mass death penalties,” a statement issued on May 19 read.

Revolutionary groups are strongly against military rule and were major opponents to the Supreme Council of Armed Forces which took over the transitional period in 2011, after the ouster of former president Hosni Mubarak.

One relevant example of that opposition was the “No to military trials” movements which severely condemned military trials for civilians and criticized the army’s oppressive regime.

Some activists fear that if Sisi is elected president, the situation will be similar to the pre-January 25 Revolution era, when the police state was reinforced and corruption was widespread among state officials and businessmen, comparing much of Sisi’s style to Mubarak’s regime.

In a televised interview, Sisi admitted he was unable to communicate with the “youths of January 25” and failed to “understand their demands.” In comparison, his rival Hamdeen Sabbahi is popular among the young, who see in him the spirit of the revolution.

Additional reporting by Eman Ali and Mostafa Abdel Tawab.

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