Revolutionary groups call for mass protest on Friday

Nineteen political groups and several activists have called on Egyptians to attend a mass demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday under the slogan "The free women of Egypt — restoring honor."

Activists urged Egyptians to stage the protest in response to violations by military forces against female protesters.

Many Egyptians are infuriated by a video clip aired by news agencies and websites, which showed a number of army personnel dragging a female along the ground and tearing her shirt during the clashes, which broke out on Friday between demonstrators and army forces near the cabinet building.

The statement said the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) insists on denying the violations, which have been displayed across the world, and continues to mislead the public. It also slammed the SCAF for what it called attempts to demonize Egyptian revolutionaries.

The same statement said the demonstration will include Christian and Islamic prayers to mourn the protesters who died during the clashes.

The Revolution Youth Union, the Alliance of Revolutionary Forces, and the Maspero Youth Union are among the groups calling for the protest.

Meanwhile, Abeer Othman, a senior leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said the party has not yet decided whether its female members will take part in the Friday demonstration.

Translated from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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