The labor unions of Egypt are calling on their members to take a “no to terrorism” stance as they work to save the country from the ravages of an ongoing revolution.
Speaking to reporters ahead of a day of nationwide protests calling for the ouster of President Mohammed Morsi, the leaders of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party said they would not allow the country to be divided into “one camp or the other.”
They said they did not believe that a government with military support and its supporters would be able to prevent the revolution from spreading.
“The revolution will not be stopped by the government,” said Ahmed Maher, the head of the Free Egyptians union.
“It will not stop by the military.”
The statement came after a day where a military crackdown on protesters has seen more than 1,500 people arrested, most of them peaceful, and thousands jailed.
While they call for peaceful protest, many in the Brotherhood say they are concerned the crackdown could spark more violence and more attacks.
They have called on supporters to show solidarity with the protesters and for people to remain peaceful and avoid any confrontations.
The Brotherhood’s leadership, they say, will not allow any armed groups to be involved in the revolution.
The Brotherhood, which has fought for a peaceful revolution since the Egyptian Revolution of 2011, is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations.
Its supporters say it is trying to take over the country.
Morsi is in detention, accused of plotting a coup to overthrow the government.
He has been locked up since the day after his ouster and his detention comes as the country is struggling to regain its stability after a bloody summer that left more than 3,000 people dead and thousands wounded.