The Muslim Brotherhood said in a statement today that “Egyptians will not rest” after the August 30 protests and will continue “to fill streets and squares on a daily basis.”
Scattered protests and clashes were reported in several cities on August 30 after the Brotherhood-affiliated National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called on supporters to take to the streets to reject what they called the military coup of July 3. Six people died and 190 were injured in the clashes according to the Health Ministry, and those who died reportedly belonged to the Ahrar Movement that rejects the Brotherhood, the military, and the remnants of the Hosni Mubarak regime.
The statement, entitled “No more sleep or rest until we reclaim the revolution,” said thieves staged a coup against President Mohamed Morsi on July 3 and “exploited political differences between parties as well as everyday problems, courted some groups, pitted groups against each other, and asked for a mandate that they exploited in an attempt to dominate the state, take power, and establish a military, dictatorial, police state that kills innocent people, imprisons the noble, silences voices and moves the country backwards.”
The statement condemned the closure of satellite channels and the political detention of Brotherhood members. It alleged that “tens of thousands” have been imprisoned and that security bodies have killed more than 5,000 people since Morsi was removed.
The statement also said that unprecedented numbers took to the streets on August 30. Media outlets, however, reported mostly small, scattered protests.
“This revolutionary people will not be calm until the military coup regime has fallen,” the statement read, adding that Egyptians will “escalate peaceful actions and create new, peaceful techniques in order to reclaim the revolution.”