Secular forces to protest Friday; Islamists to boycott

Fourteen political parties and movements have announced their plans to participate in a Tahrir Square demonstration on 8 July to demand social justice, security and the purging of remnants of the ousted regime of former President Hosni Mubarak.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, the groups claimed that the demands of the revolution have not been met, due to the slow pace of justice, lack of security and conflicting decisions concerning Egypt's political and economic future.

They called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces to promote social justice in the new state budget, set a higher minimum wage, issue a new law on syndicate freedoms, compensate the families of revolutionary martyrs, and repatriate all money that has been siphoned abroad.

They also called for the restructuring of the Interior Ministry, the sacking of police officers who violated human rights, and the granting of more powers to  prime ministers for the cleansing of corruption from state institutions.

Meanwhile, Islamic parties announced that they would boycott the demonstration.

“The secularists intent to abort the revolution,” said Jama'a al-Islamiya spokesman Tarek al-Zomor.

“We used to call for a civil state with religious reference,” said Ahmed Helayel, member of the International Union of Al-Azhar Scholars. “Now we will call for a truly Islamic state.”

Translated from the Arabic Edition

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