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Protest against El-Sisi visit

New Delhi: A protest demonstration was held here at Jantar Mantar on 28 October, against the visit of Egypt’s president Gen. Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. It was called jointly by Muslim organisations including the All India Muslim Majlis-e Mushawarat, Jamaat-e Islam Hind, Association for Protection of Civil Rights and Students Islamic Organisation. The declared that the Egyptian dictator was not welcome in India because he overthrew his country’s first democratically-elected government led by President Mohammad Morsi through a military coup in 2013, murdered 21,000 and jailed around 41,000 of his political  opponets. Thousands are living in commincado inside Egypt while many others have fled outside. General El-Sisi was in Delhi to attend India-Africa Forum Summit.

 The protestors held placards with slogans like “Failed Egypt Economy No Help to India,” and “Go Back Sisi, Not Welcome in India”.

“Abdel Fattah El-Sisi is guilty of capturing power after ousting a democratically-elected legitimate government in an illegal and immoral way. He is responsible for brutally killing and arresting thousands of people. It is, therefore, extremely sad that India, a bastion of democracy, has invited an anti-democracy and fascist dictator like El-Sisi. This move of the government goes against the nature and will of the democracy-loving masses, and is, therefore, condemnable and reprehensible,” said the organisers in a press statement.

The press statement further stated, “Even after two years in office, the dictatorial regime of El-Sisi continues to wreak havoc upon the people of Egypt with thousands killed and tens of thousands illegally detained and punished without fair trial. The Egyptian economy is in shambles and inflation and unemployment have reached unmanageable levels. Amidst all this doom and gloom, General El-Sisi continues to claim that he is a legitimate ruler of Egypt after contesting for President in an election which all international agencies have called a mockery of democracy”.

 In view of the ongoing India-Africa Summit, the Delhi Police blocked some groups of protestors from reaching the protest venue at Jantar Mantar. One such group in Jamia Nagar area was not allowed to proceed towards Jantar Mantar. Armed police force was deployed forcing the protestors to gather at the local police station where they shouted slogans against El-Sisi and Delhi Police. They called upon El-Sisi to stop killing Egyptian civilians, release the thousands of illegal detainees and immediately reinstate Dr. Mohamed Morsi as the legitimate President of Egypt.   

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 November 2015 on page no. 13

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