Hundreds demonstrate in support of Democracy in Egypt, condemn military regime
The Milli Gazette Online
Published Online: Aug 31, 2013
New Delhi: 30 August, 2013: Today Egypt Solidarity Day was held here by Popular Front of India and civil society organizations as a day of support to the Egyptian people’s struggle for democracy.
People from various parts of Delhi lined up to form a human chain expressing their solidarity to pro-democracy movement in Egypt and rejection of the putchist governmet there. This day was observed nationwide by Popular Front as in other Indian cities too such demonstrations were held.
The programme was inaugurated by Popular Front Chairman KM Shareef who said that when two years ago the Arab Spring started, the world hoped for a transformation of Egypt which was to inspire the entire Middle East. The change in Egypt led to the election of Dr Mohammad Morsy as the first democratically elected ruler in the history of Egypt and the Arab World. Soon after his election, conspiracies started against the Egyptian democracy by enemies both within and without. America, Israel and Arab dictators all helped the Egyptian army to unseat the elected government through a military coup which became very much clear from later events. Will this coup result only in transferring power from Dr Morsy to General Al-Sisi? No, this coup will take Egypt back to same dark days of Mubarak from which Egyptians were been struggling to free themselves. State-controlled Egyptian media created favourable ground for the coup portraying the pro-democracy activists as “terrorists”. Arab dictators and elites feel threatened by people’s cry for democracy because once people are empowered, none of these dictators will remain in power any more. The Egyptian army committed inhuman crimes, thousands were mercilessly killed, women and children were gunned down for supporting democracy. But the Egyptian people’s spirit will never die. The blood they shed will not go in vain. The struggle will continue until democracy is absolutely restored.
Today’s demonstration was in support democracy everywhere in the world. With such protests, people of India express their solidarity with the people of Egypt in their fight for their birth right.
Egypt Protest in Delhi in Jantar Mantar, taking out funeral of the coup
Popular Front Vice chairman, Prof. P Koya, former chairman Mr EM Abdurrahiman, General Secretary OMA Salam, veteran Journalist Mohammad Ahmed Kazmi, All India Imams’ Council National Presisdent Maulana Usman Baig and hundreds of people including religious, political and social leaders, human rights activists participated in the programme. A large number of women also participated in the demonstration held at the Jantar Mantar here. The protesters carried placards and raised slogans demanding the reinstatement of Dr Morsi and asking the army to go back to the barracks.