—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE—
NEW YORK, NY (July 9, 2013) – The Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) condemns the escalating violence in Egypt and the usurpation of the rule of law through the military coup. Yesterday’s massacre of more than 50 civilians with over 500 injured, and the killing of individuals in Alexandria are horrendous crimes. This attack is one of the deadliest incidents in recent months in Egypt.
The coup staged by the military is an attack on the legitimate democratic process in Egypt. This will set back the precious gains made by the Egyptian people towards establishing a free and just society. In a democracy, political discourse is always the right way of bringing opposing parties to agreements that serve the best interest of the nation. The first freely elected government of President Morsi in Egypt was toppled by the military thus showing a complete disregard of the democratic and political process.
The President of ICNA, Naeem Baig, said, “We urge all political parties in Egypt to come together to resolve this crisis immediately and take steps to prevent further outbreaks of violence. Furthermore, all political parties need to work together by putting their differences aside for the sake of a free and democratic Egypt.”
ICNA appeals to President Barack Obama to denounce this violent attack on peaceful pro-democracy demonstrators. Furthermore, ICNA urges the White House to cease U.S. aid to the Egyptian military. The U.S. should not be seen as supporting the human rights violations and the destruction of democratic processes being committed by the Egyptian military.