Ex-head of Salafist Political Party reveals Muslim Brotherhood rejection of peaceful initiatives in 2013

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FILE- Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood clash with anti-Mursi protesters during a march on Shubra street in Cairo October 4, 2013. REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany

CAIRO – June 30, 2022: On the ninth anniversary of the June 30 revolution that ended the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood, the former leader of the Salafist political party Al Nour, Younes Makhyoun revealed for the first time that the Muslim Brotherhood received a number of peaceful initiatives to leave power in 2013, but the banned group resorted to violent choices.

In an interview with the Masr Times newspaper, Makhyoun said the late President Mohamed Morsi was offered a return to political life in exchange for an end to the pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins in Rabaa and Nahada squares. However, Morsi refused, according to Makhyoun.

“The Brotherhood received many proposals during June 30, which would have contributed to their [political] presence in Egypt. An initiative was presented a few days before June 30 by the Nour party, but the Muslim Brotherhood rejected it”, because the initiative included the call for the holding of a popular referendum on early presidential elections.

Makhyoun further added that the Muslim Brotherhood called on Salafists to join the Rabaa Square sit-in.

After the July 3 incidents, when then-Mosri was ousted following mass protests across Egypt, another initiative was put forward by former presidential candidate Mohamed Salim Al-Awa to free Morsi from prison, while declaring it [Morsi] a consensual Prime Minister to govern the country until presidential elections are held, and in return the Rabaa and Nahda sit-ins would end, Makhyoun continued.

Although the political powers of the time agreed on the second initiative, the Muslim Brotherhood withdrew and sent a message calling on the Nour party and the Salafists to join the sit-ins, but the Salafists rejected their appeal, Makhyoun said.

Another initiative was launched after the failure of the previous one; Salafist Sheikh Muhammad Hassan offered to release imprisoned members of the Brotherhood and disperse the Rabaa sit-in, but the Brotherhood replied, “100,000 martyrs are ready for Morsi’s return.”

Makhyoun said Sisi was one of those who affirmed the reluctance to confront each other and accepted many initiatives to resolve the situation.


How did the banned group resort to violence?

On the first anniversary of the January 25 revolution that toppled the late President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year rule in 2011, the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with civilian forces in Tahrir Square, Tariq said Al-Khouly, a member of the Foreign Relations Committee of the Egyptian House of Representatives, in the comments to the media on the 9:00 a.m. talk show on public channel 1 on Wednesday.

He added that the banned group had used the January 25 anniversary to make gains in the election and to “steal the whole country”.

Additionally, political activist Ahmed Maher, founder of the April 6 Movement, said in March 2022 that the Muslim Brotherhood had broken all promises it had made to national and revolutionary forces, and that they had none. implemented none.

It was a surprise when the political powers noticed that the Brotherhood excluded everyone, “and even laughed at the blood of the martyrs”.

After Morsi’s ouster, Cairo’s Rabaa Square and Giza Square were occupied by supporters of deposed Muslim Brotherhood pawn Mohamed Morsi. Authorities at the time delayed clearing the two protest camps as an internal and external reconciliation process was established to resolve the crisis peacefully.

But even before that, as calls for snap presidential elections began in April 2013, some Muslim Brotherhood supporters resorted to intimidation and violence against Morsi’s critics.

Observers have consistently looked down on the foreign media’s handling of the issue and how the one-sided coverage was intended to hide the truth that a group of terrorists and their sympathizers and supporters were threatening the security of a country of such magnitude as Egypt.

While Western media seem to ignore the issue, there have been alarming incidents of violence in the vicinity of pro-Muslim Brotherhood sit-ins, as well as continued attacks in Sinai and all Egyptian governorates that show a growing connection with the Muslim Brotherhood.

There were even semi-paramilitary activities inside the Muslim Brotherhood camps in Rabaa, but you will never see that published by Western or funded media; Marches by Muslim Brotherhood supporters holding sticks and chanting Islamist slogans have been organized and carried out regularly throughout Cairo.

The following audio shows Muslim Brotherhood member Ayman Shawqy El Khateeb phoning Khaled Saad Hassanein, the assistant to the group’s de facto leader Khairat El Shatter, telling him that the group’s members and supporters were being mobilized in Nahda Square. Khateeb was also talking about ordering the burning of the headquarters of all political parties in the country.


July 26 saw the murder of at least ten civilians, including hawkers and a Christian, as they were suspected of being anti-Morsi protesters, as well as the torture and interrogation of other civilians inside of a mosque in Alexandria.

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