Army says strategy to change after Friday protests

"We will raise our weapons against violence and black terrorism, which has no religion or homeland," the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces statement concluded. Scholar al-Qaradawi repsonded by calling on "Egyptian officers and soldiers to refuse orders to kill demonstrators"

Army says strategy to change after Friday protests

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The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) on Thursday said that its strategy for dealing with violence and terrorism would change after planned mass protests on Friday.

"The strategy for dealing with violence and black terrorism, which are not in keeping with the ethics of this great people, will change immediately after the Friday protests," SCAF said in a statement on Facebook.

Army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday urged Egyptians to take to the streets for mass Friday protests to "authorize" him to "confront violence."

"I'm asking the Egyptian people to go out like they did on June 30 and July 3," he said in a televised address.

"I want you to show the world that you are authorizing me to confront any possible violence and terrorism," he added.

Without naming any specific parties or groups, the SCAF said the army chief had given a 48-hour deadline for all Egyptians to "return to the national fold."

"The June 30 revolution reflects the will of the people, not a military coup as some are trying to show in the West," the statement said.

"Those who failed to see this on June 30 and July 3 will see it on Friday," the SCAF added, referring to the mass demonstrations that led to ouster of elected President Mohamed Morsi.

The SCAF went on to stress the unity of Egypt's Armed Forces, describing recent claims by Morsi supporters regarding suspected divisions inside the army as "lies."

"All plots are under our eyes and the Armed Forces and police will not allow any harm to the country's security and stability, no matter the sacrifices," the statement said, reiterating that the army would not resort to violence against the people.

"We will raise our weapons against violence and black terrorism, which has no religion or homeland," the statement concluded.

Qaradawi urges Egyptian soldiers to refuse orders to kill protesters

Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi, president of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, has urged Egyptian soldiers to refuse orders to kill peaceful protesters.

"I call on Egyptian officers and soldiers to refuse orders to kill demonstrators," al-Qaradawi said in an address to the Egyptian people aired on Al Jazeera's live Egypt channel on Thursday.

Army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday urged Egyptians to take to the streets for mass protests on Friday to "authorize" him to "confront violence and terrorism."

"I'm asking the Egyptian people to go out like they did on June 30 and July 3," he said in a televised address. "I want you to show the world that you are authorizing me to confront any possible violence and terrorism."

Al-Qaradawi questioned al-Sisi's intention to turn Egyptians against one another.

"Why are we describing peaceful protesters as terrorists?" he asked.

"The Egyptian people have rejected the ouster of the elected president and the suspension of the constitution," he added.

The army overthrew Morsi on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.

It also suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of Egypt's constitutional court, as interim president in line with an army-imposed roadmap for the upcoming transitional phase.

Defiant Morsi supporters, for their part, have since been staging daily demonstrations and sit-ins nationwide to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.

They, too, are currently preparing for mass Friday protests as part of an ongoing campaign against what they view as a "military coup against constitutional legitimacy."

The army said Thursday that al-Sisi's call was not directed at any particular political party or group.

"There was no threat to particular political parties. This is a national initiative to confront violence and terrorism, which threatens the Egyptian people's revolution and security," an army spokesman declared via Facebook on Thursday.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 26 Temmuz 2013, 09:25
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