Despite having same goal, al-Sisi's foes refuse to meet

"We refuse to communicate with Morsi's backers in any circumstances," Amr Ali, the general coordinator of April 6 group, told AA

Despite having same goal, al-Sisi's foes refuse to meet

World Bulletin/News Desk

Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi and their traditional foes at April 6 protest movement were at loggerheads for a long time.

However, the two groups seem to have something in common - opposition to a presidential bid by resigned defense minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi. But even with this, gaps are still very wide.

Morsi's main support bloc – the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy – says it will maintain its struggle against what it calls Egypt's "military coup" by staging protests and marches everywhere in the country, and vowed escalation against the May 26-27 presidential elections, which are widely expected to be won by the resigned defense minister.

"We will continue to maintain our struggle for Egypt's freedom," Amr Adel, a member of the alliance, told Anadolu Agency.

The alliance has recently launched a new campaign against Egypt's presidential election with the theme of "Against the Elections of Blood."

Meanwhile, the April 6 protest movement, which spearheaded the opposition to ex-president Hosni Mubarak and had a stint of opposition against Morsi, has launched a similar campaign under slogan of "Against You [al-Sisi]."

Yet, despite launching separate campaigns with the same goal, the two groups seem to be reluctant to join forces.

"We refuse to communicate with Morsi's backers in any circumstances," Amr Ali, the general coordinator of April 6 group, told AA. "We don't have any plans for making alliances with them either."

Ali said his movement's struggle is mainly against the Hosni Mubarak regime, the Muslim Brotherhood, the movement from which the ousted president hails, and the military rule.

"Our activities will continue without the Muslim Brotherhood," Ali said. "We are capable of mobilizing people on the streets without the Brotherhood," he added.

The campaign of April 6 against al-Sisi's presidential bid will include the distribution of posters in all of Egypt's provinces and a marathon on Monday.

Ali said his movement will also organize a human chain on a main bridge in the center of the Egyptian capital to invite the attention of the public to their campaign against the resigned army chief, widely seen as the driving force behind Morsi's overthrow.

Even with this, the pro-Morsi alliance said it does not mind communicating with other opponents of al-Sisi and the current authorities.

"We don't mind reaching out to other revolutionary forces as long as the ultimate goal is bringing the military coup down," Adel said.

Yet, he stressed that his group's struggle has "specific tactics and rules" that it would not change "for the sake of any other faction."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 18 Mayıs 2014, 16:59

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