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article imageMassive demonstrations against Morsi planned for June 30 in Egypt

By Ken Hanly
Jun 23, 2013 in Politics
Cairo - Many Egyptian political parties are banding together to form the "30 June Coordinating Committee" a day that will see mass demonstrations against President Morsi and demanding early presidential elections.
The group announced after a recent conference that there will be earlier events beginning this Sunday (June 23) . On June 25 there will be demonstrations in more than 16 metro stations at which demonstrators will try to encourage people to sign a "rebel" petition against president Morsi. Other rallies are scheduled for June 27 and 28th. The rally on the 28th will involve a March to Tahrir square.
On June 30th several demonstrations are planned in different parts of Egypt with the final destinations to be announced soon. The groups all agreed that the Egyptian military should not play any part in the process. For its part the military has announced that it will not allow Egypt to fall into "a dark tunnel of conflict". The opposition hopes to force Morsi to step down and call new elections.
Mahmoud Badr of the Rebel campaign claimed that the regime was frightened as was evident by the mass demonstration organized by Islamists to show support for Morsi. The demonstration was huge with an estimated 100,000 involved.
Among the numerous parties in the opposition coalition were: the Constitution Party, the Egyptian Popular Current, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the Wafd Party, the Free Egyptians Party, the Tagammu Party, the Egyptian Communist Party, the Egyptian Socialist Party, the Democratic Front Party, the Unified Nasserist Party, the Justice and Freedom Youth, the Rebel campaign, the Alliance of Revolutionary Forces, the Second Revolution of Rage Movement, the Front for Peaceful Change, the April 6 Youth Movement, the April 6 Democratic Front Movement, the Mina Daniel Movement, the Lotus Revolution Coalition, the Workers and Farmers Party, the Kifaya Movement, the Socialist Youth Union, the National Front for Justice and Democracy, the Revolutionary Youth Union and the Children of Egypt Coalition. Egyptians can hardly complain about a lack of choice.
The mostly liberal coalition was reaching out to supporters of the now-dissolved National Democratic Party formerly headed by Mubarak. Mohamed El-Baradei a top leader of the National Salvation Front said: "I can't isolate millions of Egyptian people because they were part of the National Democratic Party, The masses of Egyptian people are calling for change". Many of the liberals voted for Morsi to keep out his opponent Shafiq who was associated with the Mubarak regime. No doubt they now want to enlist as many as they can in opposition to Morsi even former supporters of Mubarak.
Opposition groups accuse Morsi of monopolizing power and not keeping his promise to create an inclusive system. Morsi and also the Muslim Brotherhood see the opposition as being used by Mubarak operatives who are out to topple the democracy and bring back the old regime. The Egyptian prime minister said that if the opposition forces had the support of most Egyptians it should wait and contest upcoming elections instead of trying to oust Morsi.
The military said that it would not intervene in the conflict between the government and opposition. However, it also said that it would not allow the situation to spiral into violence. If pro-Morsi groups clash with the opposition demonstrators there could very well be violence. There are reports that US troops trained in riot control will soon be in Egypt. President Morsi has called for dialogue with the opposition.
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