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Egyptian activists accuse current government of undermining justice

One of Egypt’s leading youth activist movements announced on Monday the death of the transitional roadmap that was proposed in the wake of the military coup against the democratically elected President Mohamed Morsi on 3 July.


The 6th April movement, which took part in putting together the roadmap, said that the proposed roadmap has become a tool for the regime to undermine justice and target activists, while “corruption symbols enjoy freedom outside prisons”.

Three 6th April activists, including two of the co-founders of the movement, Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel, along with Ahmed Douma, were sentenced to three years in prison on Sunday after being found guilty of participating in unauthorised street demonstrations.

In a statement, the movement noted that the actions of the current regime are leading to a “full return” to the regime of deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak.

In response, the movement vowed that it will mobilise mass demonstrations on 25 January to oblige the current regime to either retreat to a “state of law” or to leave. It added that it has been in a battle to achieve justice since January 2011.

The movement added: “We stood against dictatorship during the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood… We took part in all demonstration calling for reforming the ruling system, and we took part in putting the guidelines of the roadmap.”

It continued: “What we see today is a derailment from those guidelines… The current regime has ignored the roadmap and enshrined its new [authoritarian] role by convicting three of our activists.”

In addition, the movement charged that the interior ministry and the army have “emptied the roadmap from its basic content and made nonsense procedural dates out of it, rendering it useless.”

Concluding the statement, the movement said that this regime came in the wake of mass demonstrations that sought the fulfilment of the demands of the 25 January Revolution, including the establishment of a “state of law” and adopting a democratic constitution.

“Neither a democratic constitution nor a state of law that guarantees freedoms has been achieved,” the statement said. “Even the demonstration law is unjust.”

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