6 April Youth Movement called on the cabinet to resign for “failing in all fields” after traffic accidents in Beheira and Sohag left 29 dead this week.
The prominent secular activist group mourned the “victims of failure negligence” and extended condolences to their families in a Wednesday statement. It called for those responsible to be held accountable and tried.
The movement said that corruption, negligence, and deterioration have intensified under the current cabinet.
The political leadership bears full responsibility for the bad and failing outcome of the conditions and services of ministries and government’s institutions, the statement said.
“[The government] failed in leading the country to safety and is dragging it with each passing day to death, division and terrorism,” the statement added.
Activist Ahmed Maher, who is currently serving a three-year sentence for violating the controversial Protest Law, is a founding member of the 6 April Youth Movement and its former general coordinator.
Maher was referred to trial along with fellow activists Mohamed Adel and Ahmed Douma on 5 December 2013. They were sentenced on 22 December and had their three year sentences and EGP 50,000 fines upheld following an appeal.
The trio was found guilty of “rioting, thuggery, using violence against Abdeen Courthouse security personnel, and protesting without approval”. The incident occurred on 30 November 2013 as protesters gathered to oppose the Protest Law. Clashes between police and the protesters broke out when Maher was assaulted near the main gate of the court.
The group was officially outlawed by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters in April 2014, based on charges of espionage and tarnishing the state’s image. The group strongly denied the allegations.