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Al-Nour Party will not participate in upcoming demonstrations

Spokesman for the influential Salafi party says protests are not a way out of current political crisis

The Salafi Al-Nour Party will not take part in any demonstrations on 6 October, said party spokesman Sherif Taha on Thursday evening.

Taha, in comments made to Rotana satellite channel, said that the party did not see street mobilisation and mass demonstrations as a way to solve the current political crisis and overcome differences. He added that a protest would not be able to present demands the same way in which political dialogue would, before adding that peaceful protesting was a right gained by Egyptians in the 25 January Revolution.

Al-Nour Party has refrained from officially taking part in demonstrations since those called leading up to 30 June, whether in support of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi or against him.

The party did not heed calls for protests in June, instead calling for a new cabinet and early presidential elections.

Groups that have protested in support of the return of Morsi, including the Muslim Brotherhood and its Freedom and Justice Party, have announced plans to protest this week leading up to Sunday 6 October, when they will mobilise supporters in Tahrir Square.

Groups including the Tamarod movement have also called for demonstrations in support of the armed forces and in commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the October War.

Presidential spokesman Ihab Badawi told state-owned MENA that the armed forces and Ministry of the Interior would protect celebrations on 6 October and would not allow any “threats” to such demonstrations and said that the government would not “expect or allow such celebrations to turn into a destructive affair.”

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