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Egypt's Islamists rally to rebuff violence, support Morsi

English.news.cn   2013-02-16 00:23:55            

CAIRO, Feb. 15 (Xinhua) -- Thousands of Egyptian Islamists flocked Friday to Nahdet Misr Square of Giza governorate for a march dubbed "Together Against Violence".

The rally, held near Cairo University, was staged by Islamic group al-Jamaa al-Islamiya and its political arm the Construction and Development Party, which mobilized demonstrators from different governorates including Upper Egypt's Sohag, Minia and Assiut.

Different Islamic groups and parties announced their participation in the march to voice their rejection of violence and reaffirm their support for Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Islamic Group member Mohamed Abdel-Hafeez, 30, said he took part in the rally to stress his refusal for the violent ways used by some opposition forces to express their rejection of the president's policies.

"We refuse all violent ways used by some opposition groups, especially those threatening to break into the presidential palace, " he told Xinhua.

Mostafa Hassan, 44, said he was not a member of any Islamic parties, explaining that he joined the march "to remind the liberals that if they reject the president's decisions and policies, there are other people who accept them."

Flags of various Islamic group, Egyptian national flags, and posters of Morsi were held in the rally, while demonstrators chanted slogans in support of Morsi and his government.

The Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi's main supporters, announced Wednesday that they would participate in the demonstrations, while the Salafist al-Nour Party said it would boycott it.

On the other hand, some opposition groups and parties held anti- government protests, dubbed "Checkmate", at iconic Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo and outside the presidential palace.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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