Κατάληψη στο υπουργείο πολιτισμού, συγκρούσεις με τουλάχιστον 24 τραυματίες (και κατά κάποιες πηγές και 1 νεκρό) στη Damanhur μεταξύ διαδηλωτών και οπαδών του Μόρσι, κάψιμο των γραφείων οργάνωσης που “μαζεύει υπογραφές ενάντια στον Μόρσι” (θεωρείται ότι έχει μαζέψει 7 εκατομύρια και χρειάζεται 15 για την προκήρυξη πρόωωρων εκλογών). Αυτά ενόψει της προγραμματισμένης έναρξης αντικυβερνητικού κινήματος στις 30 Ιουνίου.
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More than 24 people were injured in clashes between members of opposition parties and the Muslim Brotherhood in Damanhur, Beheira governorate.
The Union for Professional Syndicates was holding a seminar at the Lawyers’ Syndicate in Damanhur on Thursday; members of political parties that belong to the opposition were attacked when they tried to attend the seminar.
“The seminar was open to the public and we wanted to attend; members of the Muslim Brotherhood locked us in and attacked us” said Islam Bassiony, a member of Al-Tayar Al-Sha’aby in Damanhur.
He added that a number of Tamarod members who were organizing a protest for the anniversary of Khaled Saied rushed to the lawyers’ syndicate to help them.
Tamarod, a campaign working to gather signatures to withdraw confidence from President Morsi has stirred controversy especially after gathering more than seven million signatures; the movement had announced protests against the regime on 30 June.
“A number of members protested on the anniversary of Khaled Saied’s death demanding his rights, they were attacked by Brotherhood ‘militias’ 18 were injured in the clashes” said Mai Wahba, the head of Tamarod media office.
Wahba denied claims that Tamarod members stormed the lawyers’ syndicate to attack the seminar.
Meanwhile Tamarod’s main headquarters in downtown Cairo was set ablaze early on Friday; media spokesperson of the movement Hassan Shahin was injured in the fire trying to save the signatures collected.
“In a new episode of terror, President Morsi’s regime continues to rule the country through militias and thuggary” read a statement issued by Tamarod on Friday.
They added that the regime committed two crimes in just a few hours; attacking members of political parties in Damanhur and burning the headquarters in Cairo.
“This reflects how weak and frightened this regime is; its end is certainly near” the statement read.
Head of Tamarod media office Mai Wahba said that they filed a report against President Mohamed Morsi, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood Mohamed Badeei and his deputy Khairat El-Shater as well Assem Abdel Maged leader of Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya and the Tagarod campaign that was established to counter Tamarod.
“We accused them of attempted murder against members of Tamarod and burning the headquarters” Wahba said.
Tamarod said in their statements that the attacks will not discourage them from proceeding with 30 June protests calling for early presidential elections.
“The Brotherhood has to understand Tamarod has become a popular trend… Egyptians have decided to take control of their destiny and hold early elections” the statement read.
The Muslim Brotherhood spokespeople could not be reached for comment
A number of artists and intellectuals continue to occupy the culture ministry headquarters in Zamalek, Cairo, insisting mostly on the removal of Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz.
On Thursday after long meetings, artists released a statement highly-anticipated by press and supporters detailing their next steps, having expelled Brotherhood-affiliated culture ministry staff on Wednesday and held onto control of the premises.
The artists announced they would host artistic events at 6pm every day of their sit-in outside of the ministry building.
Among the artists who participated in the sit-in on Thursday evening were actress Laila Elwy; renowned writer Sanaallah Ibrahim; filmmakers Medhat and Mohamed El-Adl; novelist Ibrahim Abdel-Meguid; visual artist Mohamed Abla and many others.
They encouraged fellow artists and intellectuals in other governorates outside of Cairo to do the same in front of the culture ministry offices and cultural palaces.
Furthermore, they said they refuse to meet Minister Abdel-Aziz to negotiate and announced they will continue their sit-in until he is removed.
The Freedom of Creativity Front also vowed in a statement to refuse to negotiate with the minister and clarified that it was not personal, but rather a rejection of government policies.
Culture Minister Abdel Aziz was appointed by the Brotherhood-fielded President Morsi three weeks ago and has since been sacking directors and people in pivotal posts.