Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s speech late on Sunday prompted various reactions from the country’s political factions, after he declared a state of emergency in three Suez Canal provinces that had been experiencing violent protests for the past four days.
The country’s April 6 Movement released a statement criticizing the president’s speech and calling for more protests on Monday.
“Day after day, Mursi proves that he is the worst Egyptian president throughout the country’s history,” the movement said in a statement. “He is a criminal not working for the benefit of the of the Egyptian people".
The movement accused the ministry of interior and militia’s belonging to the Brotherhood of attacking participants in the Port Said funeral procession on Sunday. State television said seven people died from gunshot wounds in Port Said on Sunday. Port Said’s head of hospitals, Abdel Rahman Farag, told Reuters more than 400 people had suffered from teargas inhalation, while 38 were wounded by gunshots.
“We waited for the Egyptian president to speak and calm down outraged people,” the statement said, adding that “the Brotherhood leader instead made matters worse by warning of more killings.”
Distancing itself from the latest flare-ups, the opposition National Salvation Front said Mursi should have acted far sooner to impose extra security measures that would end the violence. (...)
Mursi had invited 11 political parties, including Islamist, liberal and leftist groups, along with four top politicians to a meeting on Monday at 6 p.m. local time (1600 GMT)to work out a basis for a fruitful dialogue that would resolve the political crisis, according to a statement from his office.
The Front said it will meet earlier on Monday to discuss the invitation.