Egypt's pro-Morsi alliance calls for Friday protests   2013-12-12 20:04:06            

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- The National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy, a coalition supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi, has called for Friday protests they have dubbed "Students inflame revolutions."

In a statement posted on the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party website, the alliance, which mainly consists of Brotherhood members and supporters, called on university students to take to the country's streets and main squares "to restore the 2011 revolution's objectives."

Since the beginning of the academic year in September, students backing Morsi have held demonstrations on regular basis across the country. Al-Azhar University, Sunni Islam's most prominent educational institution, has seen some of the most intense protests.

The alliance also condemned the finalizing of a draft constitution crafted under the interim government as a "void procedure."

The draft constitution is an important milestone in the transitional roadmap drawn up by the military and the interim government that took office after Morsi was deposed by the military on July 3.

However, the alliance has stated that they don't recognize the roadmap and will boycott the constitutional referendum that may take place in mid-January.

The call for Friday protests defies a new controversial law that regulates demonstrations by requiring participants to receive state approval beforehand.

On Wednesday, Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, said the Brotherhood aimed "to confuse the political scene before the referendum and to halt the universities' academic year."

He added that the police forces could disperse the protesters in five minutes, "but we are keen to handle the situation wisely," arguing that the Brotherhood' plans "to exhaust the police are useless."


Egyptian forces raid Al-Jazeera office in Cairo: state media

CAIRO, Dec. 12 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian security forces on late Wednesday raided the Cairo office of Qatar's Al-Jazeera TV, arresting 11 Qatari citizens including four officers, state-run Ahram website reported Thursday.

The forces also seized some television equipment including camera holders and video tapes.  Full story

Editor: Zhu Ningzhu
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