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Following a statement issued by the Muslim Brotherhood, apologizing for its mistakes and inviting revolutionary forces to unite on the anniversary of the 25 January revolution, activist groups refused to join forces with the group.

In a statement issued Tuesday commemorating the third anniversary of the 25 January revolution, the Brotherhood called on all groups to unite their efforts. The Islamist organization apologized for its mistakes, but set them within the wider context of a trap, which they maintained all revolutionary groups fell for.

The current situation “is a result of international, regional and local conspiracies that made use of the mistakes that we, the various revolutionaries of January 25, made by deviating from the spirit of the revolution — which is symbolized in unity and selflessness — and when we allowed animosity and competition to fester between us. And though everyone made mistakes, we do not absolve ourselves of our mistake when we trusted the military council,” the statement said.

The Brotherhood invited “everyone” to honor the revolution and its martyrs by uniting again and continuing the path, so as “not to be fooled again by the attempts of the military to create divisions and conflicts between revolutionaries,” the statement continued.

Hisham Fouad, spokesperson for the Revolutionary Socialists, said that the group cannot cooperate with the Muslim Brotherhood because they differ in their motives and goals.

He added that, while the Revolutionary Socialists oppose Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and military rule, they do not share the Muslim Brotherhood’s demand for the return of former President Mohamed Morsi to power.

Fouad said that the Revolutionary Socialists would participate in the 25 January protests as part of the “revolution path coalition.”

“Our goal is to create a third option so that people are not stuck between the military and the Brotherhood; there has to be a third way for those who want to continue the path of the revolution,” he said.

Fouad added that the group’s experiences in cooperating with the Brotherhood have been negative to date, and that, while they reject the return of the military stronghold and Mubarak-era figures, they blame the Brotherhood for allowing it to happen while they were in power.

The Brotherhood and all other revolutionary forces collaborated against the Mubarak regime in the early days of the revolution. Many revolutionary groups supported Brotherhood candidate Mohamed Morsi in the presidential runoffs against Mubarak-era figure Ahmed Shafiq.

However, several of these groups have accused the Brotherhood of selling them out once they reached power by abandoning the demands of the revolution, focusing on consolidating their own power, and participating in a crackdown on revolutionaries in collaboration with the military.

April 6 Youth Movement also issued a statement on Wednesday rejecting the call for cooperation and reminding the Brotherhood that this time last year they had celebrated the triumph of the revolution following the election of Morsi and announcing that the revolution was over even though its demands were yet to be realized.

“This means that the revolution for you is power. Sorry, our revolution is not the same as yours; you revolt for your own interests, we revolt for the demands of the people. This is the difference between us, how can we stand on your side?” the statement said.

Some members of the Brotherhood have started to individually offer their apologies for the mistakes made while they were in power.

Amr Farrag, head of Brotherhood-affiliated news outlet Rassd wrote an apology on his Facebook page to “25 January revolutionaries,” apologizing for mistakes that he and the group made, “mistakes that led to a lot of catastrophes,” he said.

A design placing the logos of the Brotherhood, 6 April and the Revolutionary Socialists next to each other with the line “unite again, why not?” has started circulating on Facebook in the last few days.

Some activists met this proposal with sarcasm, saying that the last time these powers united, the Brotherhood sold them out when they reached power.

Fouad speculated that the Brotherhood resorted to this call for unity as an act of desperation after the severe crackdown and isolation that the group has been subjected to in recent months.

“Experience proved to them that they cannot fight against the current situation alone, especially in the absence of popular support, so they are trying to enlarge their circle of allies,” he said.

Since the removal of Morsi, the Brotherhood has been the target of a severe crackdown by the authorities. The Cabinet designated the Brotherhood a terrorist organization in December, and hundreds of members have been arrested since Morsi’s July 3 ouster. 

Comments

GET OVER YOURSELVES you self

GET OVER YOURSELVES you self-righteous coup-inviting fools. It was you who sold out the revolution to the military TWICE. Once in 2011, and again in 2013. Now you have the nerve to demand things of the MB after they issued an apology for their own opportunism? In theory all these insignificant groups like April 6, RevSoc, and others are more treacherous than the MB ever was.

You guys are not revolutionaries, you are opportunists. It's time to put aside your petty partisanship and join the struggle against military dictatorship. That is, if you really care about Egypt

I almost agree with you in

I almost agree with you in the sense that revolutionaries always miss chances to develop their support for the real democracy they aspire for. Revolutionaries were unwitty allies to SCAF when they went down to street almost everyday during Morsi's rule knowing that continuous protests are the sole thing that turn a new democracy into a hellish game. In the end, the devil won and took over the country again. June 30 was a historical mistake. We, including me, all treated the first democratically elected president and stabbed him from behind. Now we know the difference between him and others.
Uniting with MB COULD mean early presidential elections while Sisy's rule means the end of the revolution/Egypt.

Thank you for your reply

Thank you for your reply Ramadan. It's very refreshing to see a comment like that, it takes a lot to admit one's mistakes and I will also tell you that I've made mine. All Egyptians have made mistakes at some point or another during the last 3 years. I think the best thing we can do now is to stop ourselves from making another. There's nothing more important than solidarity right now against this monster of military tyranny

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