Egyptian protest group refutes military rulers' claim of sedition
A key Egyptian protest group slammed Saturday the country's military council for accusing it of fomenting sedition after clashes between protesters and the army, dpa reported
"We denounce the council's attempt to accuse the movement of treachery and incite feelings against it," said the April 6 Youth in a statement.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has been in control of Egypt since former president Hosny Mubarak was toppled in February, accused the group of trying to "incite sedition" between the people and the army.
The accusation followed clashes on Friday between protesters and the military police in Cairo; Alexandria, Egypt's second biggest city; and Suez, a restive city east of Cairo.
The clashes have been the worst between the two sides since Mubarak's ouster.
April 6 Youth played a key role in a popular revolt that toppled Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power.
The group has been on a strike in central Cairo's Tahrir Square and other Egyptian cities for two weeks to protest what it says is the military rulers' slow pace in delivering on promises of reform.
"The movement expected the military council to respond to and swiftly fulfil the revolution's demands instead of attempting to circumvent them," added April 6 Youth in a statement a copy of which was obtained by the German Press Agency dpa.
Protesters have said they will march Saturday to the headquarters of the military council in Cairo to push for expediting the prosecution of Mubarak and the purging of state institutions of all those believed to be loyal to him.