The 6 April Youth Movement (Democratic Front) issued a statement -Saturday morning- accusing the Ministry of Interior of targeting “January revolutionaries” to silence its opposition, and warning of its continued resistance against “oppressive forces”.
The movement described the violence on the third anniversary of 25 January as a “cowardly act”, accusing security forces of “killing the youth who were the spark of the revolution”.
Among the violations cited by the group were the death of member Sayed Abdullah (Wezza) and the arrest of Moataz Mohamed, Ismael Al-Mogui and Ahmed Helel. The latter of these, the movement’s lawyer, was arrested when inquiring about the arrested members.
The statement added that the arrested members are facing charges that include the murder of Abdullah and other protesters who died on that day, which they called “an unprecedented incident, even during the times of ousted presidents Mubarak and Morsi”.
The group assured in its statement that it has conclusive evidence and videos proving that Abdullah was “shot by security forces”, adding that the death of its slain member would “only increase its determination to continue their revolutionary struggle.”
The statement ended by warning that the government would be held to account for its actions “like its predecessors”, and that “the revolution will continue.”
Abdullah died from a fatal gunshot wound in the chest on Sherif Street in Downtown Cairo during clashes between protesters and security forces last 25 January. Members of 6 April received his body the next day at the Zeinhom morgue amid cheers against “military rule” and security forces.
The interior ministry, for its part, denied the circumstances of the arrest of 6 April lawyer mentioned in the statement, and has previously denied opening fire against protesters.
According to official counts, 49 died and 1079 were arrested on the celebration of the 25 January revolution.