Political parties refuse to participate in July 3 events
April 6 Youth Movement Members - YOUM7 (Archive)

CAIRO: A number of political and revolutionary powers decided not to participate in today’s events that marks the first anniversary of the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, Youm7 reported.

The April 6 Youth Movement refrained from participating in any event today to eliminate the state of polarization among Egyptians.

Sherif el-Rougy, the spokesperson for the April 6 Youth Movement-Democratic Front- told The Cairo Post Thursday that the two divisions of the movement would not partake in the anniversary’s event.

“We will not participate in any events with the Brotherhood,” said Rougy adding that the movement will not participate in the celebrations of July 3 as “the road map has not been accomplished yet.”

He also blamed the mass media for “discrediting” revolutionary figures.

“We are witnessing now lack of objectivity on the media outlets which are mounting a campaign against January 25 Revolution and its figures,” Rougy said.

He also voiced concern over the number of detainees for breaching the protest law, saying it “should be abolished as it is incompatible with the freedom of speech guaranteed in the constitution, as well as the demands of both the June 30 and January 25 Revolutions.”

Rougy said the Revolutionary Road Front is also adopting the same stance of not participating in any events Thursday.

After a series of bombings during the past days, spokesperson for Tamarod Movement Maha Abu Bakr said that the movement would not take part in any gatherings Thursday in order to avoid potential clashes, injuries or deaths of civilians and its members.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called for mass demonstrations nationwide to protest the ouster of former President Mohamed Morsi; a call that was condemned by several political powers, Youm7 reported.

Coordinator of the Free Front for Peaceful Change Essam Sherif told Youm7 that the Brotherhood’s calls aim to hinder the road map and make pressure over the current regime.

Member of the Revolutionary Powers Coalition, Mohamed Attiyah said that the coalition would not participate in July 3 events but it would instead organize a congregational iftar (meal to break a Ramadan fast) in front of the Qobba presidential palace July 11.

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