The pro-Morsi bloc called for demonstrations under the name “Rabaa, icon of the revolution”
The Anti-Coup Alliance, the most prominent pro-Morsi opposition bloc, called for marches and demonstrations Friday to commemorate the six-month anniversary of the Rabaa and Nahda sit-in dispersals.
The group released a statement via Facebook Thursday calling for peaceful resistance throughout the week, starting after Friday prayers, under the name “Rabaa, icon of the revolution”.
The Anti-Coup Alliance praised the revolution’s “glorious objectives,” in the statement. Anger is “mounting in factories, fields, and institutions” with the spread of “poverty, repression and torture,” the bloc wrote, adding that the revolution will continue until the people’s demands are met.
The statement called for protesters to burn flags and pictures of the United States, the “Zionist enemy” Israel, and the United Arab Emirates.
According to Human Rights Watch, 13 Egyptian and international human rights organizations called on Egyptian authorities on 10 December to “acknowledge, and seriously and thoroughly investigate the killing of up to 1,000 people by security forces dispersing Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins on August 14, 2013.”
Gasser Abdel-Razek, associate director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, called the dispersals “what may be the single biggest incident of mass killing in Egypt’s recent history.”
Abdel-Razek added that without accountability for the dispersals, “There can be no hope for the rule of law and political stability in Egypt, much less some modicum of justice for victims.
Human Rights Watch noted that seven police officers were killed during the dispersal when a number of armed protesters fired at security forces that were trying to clear the squares.