Egypt Watch

Egyptian secular opposition is undecided on taking part in the National Dialogue

Members of the Egyptian Civil Democratic Movement said they have not decided to participate in the “national dialogue” sessions scheduled to start during the first week of October.

“The movement announced a set of necessary guarantees for the success of the dialogue, including the release of prisoners of conscience, whose number is estimated at hundreds or more,” said one of the movement’s leading members, Samir Alish.

“The movement will not back down from these demands, and if the authorities do not positively respond to them, it will not participate in the dialogue.” He added that if large numbers of prisoners of conscience are released, the movement will undoubtedly participate actively and positively, stressing that there must also be guarantees to prevent the arrest of opponents after their release.