Muslim Brotherhood Youth on January 25 Revolution Anniversary, Secure Egypt, Demand Power-Handover

Muslim Brotherhood Youth on January 25 Revolution Anniversary, Secure Egypt, Demand Power-Handover

Muslim Brotherhood Youth on January 25 Revolution Anniversary, Secure Egypt, Demand Power-Handover

Ammar El-Beltagy, a young member of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), said: "I went out to Tahrir Square, on January 25, to celebrate that there are achievements made after the revolution – including the ouster of certain ‘parts’ of the former regime and the holding of free elections – and to underline the importance of completely fulfilling Revolution demands for peaceful handover of power to civilian authorities without guardianship from or a special status for the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF)."

In an interview with Ikhwanweb, Beltagy said: “In Tahrir Square, this year, a general spirit of harmony, cooperation and synergy prevailed, despite the state of polarization and strife witnessed in Egypt in past months. That spirit of harmony and friendship, however, was much less in evidence than last year."

As for memories of last year, Beltagy said: "Brotherhood youths went out, on January 25, 2011 with the rest of the political players, groups and movements. We moved through Cairo, from Imbaba, Dokki and a number of other districts. We occupied Tahrir Square, until the protest was broken by force. We continued these maneuvers, along with the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and other Egyptians, without banners or slogans."

Further, Beltagy stressed that by turning out, MB youths and others sent a clear message that there is an effective party in Egypt, namely youths and Revolutionaries, and that there will be no doubt, no hestitation regarding the possibility of a repeat revolution from January 25 to February 11 – especially since the momentum is still there – if power is not handed over to civilians.

In Alexandria, young brother Hossam Al-Wakil, media spokesman for the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) in Alexandria, said: "We were in Commander Ibrahim Square, Alexandria, where we secured the square’s entrances and exits, and participated in the preparation of events – most importantly the Photo Gallery which documented the activities of the Revolution from 25 January until 11 February, the day the ousted President Mubarak stepped down."

In an interview with Ikhwanweb, Hossam Al-Wakil mentioned that the MB and FJP youths secured vital installations, facilities and institutions of Alexandria.

With respect to memories of January 25 last year, Al-Wakil said that Muslim Brotherhood youths played an important role in the People’s Committees, in Alexandria, and in mobilizing citizens to come out in last year’s demonstrations: "We went out to rally the people in the streets, and to secure demonstration marches." They also had a role in the provision of basic goods during the revolution, according to Al-Wakil.

In a statement to Ikhwanweb, Sherif Heshmat, FJP Youth Secretary in Beheira – north of Cairo, said: "Brotherhood and FJP youths secured facilities and institutions, and took part in revolutionary events carried out by the governorate’s political groups, parties and forces. This is what happened in most governorates, including Dakahlia and Aswan."