Beltagy attempts to give statement from prison concerning July 3 protests
Mohamed el-Beltagy - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagy attempted to send a letter from his prison cell in Tora to Al Jazeera channel, to be aired before the demonstrations called for by the MB on July 3 to mark the one-year anniversary of the ouster former President Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported Wednesday.

Beltagy handed the message to his lawyer and asked him to deliver it to Al Jazeera channel as soon as possible in an attempt to motivate protesters. Prison officers seized the message while Beltagy’s lawyer was leaving the prison.

“Rebelling youth were the foundation of Egypt’s 25 January Revolution. Continue to be the center of your revolution with all peaceful means and make this day a memorable one in the history of your struggle against the tyrants that raped your country on July 3,” Beltagy said in his message.

Beltagy also called on Egyptian women to participate in the demonstrations, saying that Egyptian women are the cornerstone of Egypt’s revolution and they will be able to change the whole world’s image about Egyptian women.

“Revolt for your dignity, revolt for Islam and retrieve your revolution,” Beltagy stated.

Beltagy is accused of inciting the killing of protesters outside the presidential palace during unrest in late 2012. He was recorded in Rabaa El-Adawiya’s protest camp saying that attacks in Sinai would immediately stop if Morsi was reinstated, which was the main demand of pro-Morsi protesters.

Beltagy’s daughter, Asmaa, was killed amid a crackdown by security forces on August 14, 2013, to disperse sit-ins led by the Brotherhood and Islamists after the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi. According to her death certificate, Asmaa was shot in the chest, her skull was crushed and her left leg was broken, The Guardian newspaper reported last August.

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