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Hamdeen Sabbahi, former Egyptian presidential candidate, stated that the current Egyptian regime seeks to dismantle national unity and the Church.
He said that the government has been largely inactive in arresting suspects in connection to the attacks on Copts in Khosos and St. Mark Cathedral as well as the attacks on Azhar.
During his speech at the "Renewal of national integration and management of religious pluralism in Egypt" conference, which was organized by the Popular Current for two days, Sabbahi pointed out that the country's revolution was a Muslim-Christian product. The uprisings saw a diversity in classes as well as geographic diversity with people from Upper Egypt and Nubia being present.
Unfortunately, he added, after the Supreme Council of Armed Forces took over followed by the Muslim Brotherhood, the revolution has been slowly fading away.
Although the initial demands of the revolution were "Bread, freedom, social justice," Hamdeen said, the Egyptian people have witnessed a number of challenges recently. These challenges include sectarian tension facing Copts such as the attack on the cathedral, a symbol of Christianity in the Middle East, which was not halted by security and those responsible escaping punishment.
Sabbahi stated in a press statement following the conclusion of the first conference session that the Revolutionaries Movement, which is collecting signatures to withdraw confidence from President Morsi, is the finest expression of the Egyptian youth's spirit and will. He noted that they want to complete the people's peaceful revolutionary work.
He explained that the judicial law review being prepared by the Shura Council is an attack on the judiciary itself, pointing out that what is required is the institution's independence. The judiciary should be able to restructure itself properly without the dictations of executives or the council.
The council, Sabbahi insisted, is planning for the judiciary's massacre.