Egypt’s National Association For Change Will Boycott Elections

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Story: Egypt’s National Association for Change will boycott elections

Local News Agency: Middle East Bureau / VCS
Shooting Dateline: March 5, 2013
Shooting Location: Cairo, Egypt
Publishing Time: March 5, 2013
Length: 00:01:24
Video Size: 69.7 MB
Language: Arabic
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Camera: VCS

SHOTLIST:
1. Pan left shot of the banner of the National Association for Change
2. Medium shot of all attendees standing a minute of silence for the souls of the martyrs in the beginning of the press conference
3. Various shots of speakers and attendees during the press conference
4. SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khamis, a coordinator of the National Association for Change:
“The National Association for Change announces that it will boycott the upcoming comic parliamentary elections. The blood of our sons is more precious than running behind acrobatic seats in the new parliament.” 5. Medium shot of attendees during the press conference along with cameramen filming during the conference
6. Medium shot of Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union speaking during the conference
7. Close up shot of one of the attendees taking notes during the conference
8. SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union:
“The Revolutionary Youth Union officially announces that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections with the consensus among all its members and its executive offices in Egypt’s different governorates. This decision is made to correct the track of the revolution. Actually, the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood lost its legitimacy after killing protestors and ignoring all the revolutionary demands in the political scene.” 9. Various shots of speakers and attendees during the conference

STORYLINE:

Egypt’s National Association for Change (NAC) announced on Tuesday, March 5, that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections scheduled to be held on April 22.

The NAC calls for a widespread boycott of the upcoming parliamentary elections in order to fight for the rights of those killed and injured by government forces during recent clashes.

The NAC described the electoral process of being comic during which the competing will be for "acrobatics" seats, pointing out that participation in the elections will be continuation of the series of deception practiced by the Muslim Brotherhood under the banner of fake democracy.

SOUNDBITE 1 (Arabic) – Mohamed Khamis, a coordinator of the National Association for Change:
“The National Association for Change announces that it will boycott the upcoming comic parliamentary elections. The blood of our sons is more precious than running behind acrobatic seats in the new parliament.”

The NAC accused the elections also of being a trap that would pave the way for the establishment of a religious fascist state.

Earlier on Friday, the NAC declared that Morsi lost legitimacy after he violated the independence of the judiciary with his 22 November Constitutional Declaration, and further lost his credibility after his administration was involved with the abduction, torture and killing of protesters.

Spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union, Hamada el-Kashef attended the conference and declared that the union won’t participate at the parliamentary elections. They hold President Mohamed Morsi and his group the responsibility of violence used by security forces against protestors.

SOUNDBITE 2 (Arabic) – Hamada el-Kashef, spokesman of the Revolutionary Youth Union:
“The Revolutionary Youth Union officially announces that it will boycott the upcoming parliamentary elections with the consensus among all its members and its executive offices in Egypt’s different governorates. This decision is made to correct the track of the revolution. Actually, the regime of the Muslim Brotherhood lost its legitimacy after killing protestors and ignoring all the revolutionary demands in the political scene.”

The NAC decision to boycott came after the president refused to respond to the Nour Party’s initiative to reconcile with opposition political forces, or the National Salvation Front’s demands to dismiss the Cabinet, form a neutral body to monitor the elections, dismiss the prosecutor general and dissolve the Muslim Brotherhood, the statement continued.

The upcoming parliamentary elections will take place over four phases, starting on April 22.

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