Egypt’s anti-Mursi protests are ‘imaginary,’ says MB’s political wing

A screenshot of a statement from the FJP website describing the protests as 'imaginary.' (Photo courtesy: FJP)

The website of the political arm of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood described the recent mass protests against Islamist President Mohammed Mursi as "imaginary," in an online statement on Sunday.

The Freedom and Justice Party’s site said that a number of cars roamed the streets of Cairo and Giza on Sunday and played revolutionary chants to put citizens under the illusion of revolutionary momentum in the country.

“A number of citizens sitting in coffee shops expressed their anger and astonishment at this attempt to rile up the street and delude citizens who preferred to stay at home because of the scenes of violence we are witnessing on television screens into thinking that protests have reached his street and house,” the site reported.

Millions took to the street on Sunday in pro and anti Mursi rallies. At least 10 people were killed and more than 600 were wounded.

The demonstrations, which brought half a million people to Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and a similar crowd in the second city, Alexandria, were easily the largest since the Arab Spring uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

On Sunday, the office of the president said it was open for dialogue with the opposition.

“Dialogue is the only way through which we can reach an understanding... The presidency is open to a real and serious national dialogue,” presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy said in a press interview broadcast by Al Arabiya.

Fahmy called on protesters to maintain “the peaceful nature” of their protest, describing anti-Mursi demonstrations as an example of free expression in Egypt.

Opposition leaders were to meet on Monday afternoon to plot their next move, Reuters news agency reported.

The Freedom and Justice Party, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, also vowed that the pro-Mursi coalition will also remain in sit-ins to defend until the opposition end their rallies.
 

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