Youth initiative for truce between govt, Brotherhood

Under the initiative read out by former spokesman for National Salvation Front Khaled Dawoud, the Brotherhood should officially halt all protests in return for an immediate stop to an ongoing security crackdown on its members

Youth initiative for truce between govt, Brotherhood

World Bulletin/News Desk

Youths from several liberal and leftist trends unveiled Monday an initiative that they said aims to reach "a truce between the state institutions and Muslim Brotherhood".

Under the initiative read out by former spokesman for National Salvation Front Khaled Dawoud, the Brotherhood should officially halt all protests in return for an immediate stop to an ongoing security crackdown on its members.

The Brotherhood "should officially announce a halt to protests and demonstrations, even for a short period, to give room to a truce that would prepare the ground for talks on conditions for a peaceful compromise," Dawoud said.

"Security agencies, meanwhile, should end the arrest campaigns and look into the possibility of releasing Brotherhood members who were not involved in any violent acts," he added.

The initiative signatories included members from the leftist Popular Alliance, Strong Egypt Party, 6th of April movement and Tamarod protest movement, which was the driving force behind the protests that led to the July 3 ouster of president Mohamed Morsi, a Brotherhood leader himself.

While the signatories blamed the Muslim Brotherhood for the "sharp deterioration of the situation, which pushed the country to the verge of a civil war", they also called for not stigmatizing the Islamist group.

"We cannot consider the Brotherhood, an 80-year-old group, as a terrorist organization despite its violations," the initiative said.

The signatories also called for bringing to account those responsible for the violent dispersals of two major sit-in camps staged by anti-coup protesters, which resulted in hundreds of deaths.

"Using excessive violence in dealing with protesters would only lead to more violence and more influence to radical groups," it added.

An independent fact-finding committee should be formed to determine who is responsible for all deadly acts of violence since June 30, including attacks that targeted police stations, Dawoud said.

"The new government is fully responsible for protecting the lives of all Egyptians, and acting in accordance with the law when dealing with any possible confrontations," he added.

However, as the signatories asserted the rejection to the return of "the oppressive security state that prevailed in era of former president Hosni Mubarak", they also reaffirmed their commitment to the roadmap announced by the military on July 3 following Morsi's ouster.

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