The Anti-Coup Alliance called for mass demonstrations starting Friday leading up to Sunday 6 October against the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi.
“Both the people and the army were united until the latter was able to win the 6 October 1973 war…” read the statement issued by the group on Thursday evening. “No army can win without popular support.”
The statement condemned “traitors who betray their solemn oaths [and] kill and train their weapons on their own people,” calling on all members of the armed forces “to return to the Egyptian military doctrine.”
The military’s doctrine, according to the statement, had undergone a “dangerous change.” The alliance blamed the “coup commanders” for this change in military philosophy by pushing the army “into the real of political action, to side with one party at the expense of the other, diverting its men from their real mission of protecting the homeland’s borders.”
The leaders of the army that sparked the change of power had lost legitimacy to maintain their leadership posts in the military, said the Anti-Coup Alliance, which then called for “non-stop, non-violent protest activities” beginning Friday leading up to 6 October under the banner “Cairo, Capital of the Revolution” in which it said it would raise images of the heroes of the October War.
Earlier this week the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and the National Coalition to Support Legitimacy called for mass demonstrations on 6 October and accused leaders of the military of “conspiring with those standing against the revolution.”
Tamarod, the movement responsible for launching protests on 30 June against Morsi, also called for demonstrations for the 40th anniversary of the October War.