- July 8, 2013
Muslim Brotherhood Statement on Pre-Meditated Massacre by Army and Police Against Protesters
At dawn, on Monday, and just 48 hours before the start of the holy month of Ramadan, the month of fasting and worship, the police and armed forces opened fire at peaceful protesters, from behind, as they stood performing dawn prayers.
The treacherous attack used heavy barrages of tear gas and live bullets, with no regard for the sanctity of prayer or the sanctity of life, not to mention the violation of protesters’ right to demonstrate peacefully. Sources have reported over 70 deaths and over a thousand injured citizens. Numbers are likely to increase due to the fluid situation.
Moreover, when a large number of women and young people took refuge in nearby Al-Mustafa mosque, the forces laid siege to the mosque, arresting everyone who came out. (The siege is still on right now.)
This mindless, though pre-meditated massacre is a most heinous crime committed by an army commander who turned against the legitimacy, broke the Covenant he made, betrayed the oath he took, and seized power in a de facto military coup, with flimsy cover from some civilians.
This most horrendous crime only emphasizes the extent of the military commander’s brutality and bloody-mindedness and that he is determined to go ahead with his traitorous power-grab over the skulls of citizens, over the bodies of unarmed civilians.
It also shows that he does not care about the sanctity of life or the sanctity of blood. Evidently, he is following the example of Bashar Al-Assad, and wants to drive Egypt to the same fate as Syria, in order control the regime and rule from behind the scene.
This blood will be a curse on him and his aides. It will be the final nail in the coffin of his traitorous ambitions. The Egyptian people will not give up or give in to a military dictatorship again. This senseless crime will only increase the people’s determination to reclaim their right to self-determination from these usurpers and aggressors.
We say to those civilian politicians who put their hands in the hands of the coup commander: will you continue to put your hands in his hand as it is stained with blood, and after he killed unarmed citizens, your brothers and sisters, even if they are of a different political persuasion?
The Almighty God forbade injustice and bloodshed, and made the killing of a single soul worse than the demise of the whole world. He will exact full retribution from those cold-blood murderers.
Finally, we pray to God Almighty to accept the martyrs in His mercy and to heal the wounded and help the Egyptian people to victory over the tyrant criminals.
"Do not ever think that those who are slain in God’s cause are dead; for in fact they are alive with their Lord, receiving sustenance." [Quran 3:169]
"Think not that Allah is unaware of what the wicked do." [Quran 14:42]
“Whoever kills a human being, except as punishment for murder or for causing turmoil in the land, so it shall be as if he had killed all mankind” [Quran 5:32]
The Muslim Brotherhood
July 8, 2013