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August 14th, 2013
06:27 PM ET

Activist: Asking Muslim Brotherhood role in violence is like 'blaming the victim'

Violence erupted in Cairo Wednesday, pitting Egypt's military and current government against backers of deposed President Mohamed Morsy, though others also were caught up in the fray.

A member of the pro-Morsy national coup alliance said the Egyptian state TV is lying about the number of people killed in the violent clashes, saying it is much higher than the 211 reported.

"This is the worst crime committed against the Egyptian people, this is state terrorism, this is a crime against humanity," said Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, spokesperson for the Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy National Alliance.

"You cannot kill peaceful protesters who believe in democracy, who believe in the ballot, and you kill them by the bullet," said Dardery.

Asked if the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsy's political party, bears any responsibility for the upheaval and recent violence, Dardery said no.

"It is almost like us blaming the victims," said Dardery. "The Muslim Brotherhood, it's not really the issue."

"The majority of Egyptians now that are doing the sit-ins for 40 days, not harming or hurting anyone," said Dardery.

For more of our interview with Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, check out the video above.

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