Brotherhood seeks dialogue over Friday clashes

The Muslim Brotherhood decided Monday to form a committee of its members and Freedom and Justice Party members to hold meetings with various political forces over last Friday’s clashes between Brotherhood supporters and opposition protesters.  

Mostafa al-Ghonemy, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Bureau, said that the group hopes dialogue with other forces would spark reunion after the tension caused by the violence.

He added that the Brotherhood “reaches their hands out to everyone to rebuild Egypt under a democratically elected president” during this difficult time when the interests of the country must be above all else.  

Ghonemy accused businessmen “affiliated with the former regime” of masterminding the violence in Tahrir Square. He alleged that they hired a group of “thugs” to go to the square and attack both pro- and anti- Muslim Brotherhood protesters while wearing FJP t-shirts to deceive citizens and encourage assault charges against the Brotherhood demonstrators.  

He stressed that the Muslim Brotherhood could have imposed its will over the square if it had wanted, claiming that there were approximately 50,000 Brotherhood members in the square and only 4,000 supporters of other political forces and hired thugs.

Ghonemy blamed the opposition forces, calling them “yesterday’s partners in the revolution,” of supporting the public prosecutor’s claim that there is no legal basis for President Mohamed Morsy to dismiss him from office.

“The public prosecutor is directly responsible for the acquittal of the Battle of the Camel defendants due to lack of evidence," he said.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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