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Civil society coalition condemns killings in Egypt

By LAJA THOMAS

LAGOS — Worldwide condemnations have trailed the political uprising in Egypt, aftermath of the brutal, inhuman, barbaric and cold-blood murder of over 2,000 innocent citizens and declaration of state of emergency in Cairo, capital of Egypt.

The latest condemnation came from the Nigerian Civil Society Coalition Against Coup and Militirisation of Politics in Africa at a briefing in Lagos, yesterday.

Speaking to newsmen, Comrade Muna Isiak of the Committee for the Defence of Human Rights, CDHR, and Comrade Ikechukwu Ezike of Civil Liberties Organisation, CLO, said: “Egypt, the cradle of world civilization, set a very bad precedent in the full glare of global media when its criminally minded military violently hacked down more than 2,000 innocent citizens who were exercising their globally respected right to freedom of expression, assembly and association.

“The events in Egypt is reminiscent of our own struggle against regressive forces in the military who tried to subvert the popular will of Nigerians with the annulment of the June 12, 1993 Presidential Elections won by Chief MKO Abiola of blessed memories.

“We strongly condemn this brutal, inhuman, barbaric cold-blood murder of innocent citizens, perhaps, a sad reminder of the Pharaonic era brutality meted out to the Israelites in historic Egypt.

“We are holding General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi responsible for the genocide of innocent African citizens. We are working with international human rights lawyers to get the International Criminal Court, ICC, to initiate a process of investigation and indictment of General Sisi and his collaborators in the illegitimate Interim Government.

“We also deplore the criminal silence of the US, EU and other countries over the appropriate labeling of the events in Egypt as a coup d’etat. This is very disappointing but not entirely out of character when it comes to these countries dealing with Africa.

“We welcome the very civilized response of the African Union, AU, countries in condemning the coup. Africa has truly come of age.”

 

 


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