Egyptian Islamist alliance calls for 18-day protest starting Friday

Published January 22nd, 2014 - 01:50 GMT

Egypt's Interim interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim has also called--perhaps ironically--for counter demonstrations on Friday, describing the Alliance's protest call as a "plot to spark chaos (Courtesy of Press TV)
Egypt's Interim interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim has also called--perhaps ironically--for counter demonstrations on Friday, describing the Alliance's protest call as a "plot to spark chaos (Courtesy of Press TV)

Egypt's Islamist Anti-Coup Alliance is calling for 18 days of protests throughout the country starting Friday, according to Agence France Presse Wednesday.


The Anti-Coup Alliance, which supports former ousted president Mohammed Morsi has called for the protests to begin on the anniversary of Egypt's 2011 revolution and to continue until February 11, the day that former dictator Hosni Mubarak finally stepped down from his leadership post three years ago.


The Alliance announced that like its other protests, the goal of its 18-day demonstration is to  "end the military rule which has committed most if not all the awful and shameful crimes since Jan. 25 2011 which peaked during the military coup."


The alliance clarified that its protest will be "non-violent....and peaceful," but their demonstrations in past months have often turned into violent clashes with security officials.


Pro-Morsi demonstrators have staged protests almost daily since the former leader's oust last July. The interim government has largely responded with violent crackdowns that have killed more than 1,000 people.


Egypt's Interim interior minister Mohamed Ibrahim has also called--perhaps ironically--for counter demonstrations on Friday, describing the Alliance's protest call as a "plot to spark chaos." Ibrahim is the top police official  responsible for enforcing laws that restrict protests.


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