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Tamarod's Gaza Campaign Denounced by Fellow Activists

Palestinian activists under the name of Tamarod have distanced themselves from another Tamarod group in Gaza's calls to overthrow the Hamas government.
A man signs a "Tamarod" document at Tahrir square in Cairo May 16, 2013. A campaign named "Tamarod", meaning "Rebel", calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi and for early presidential elections has gathered over two million signatures since its launch nearly two weeks ago in Egypt, organisers said.      REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany  (EGYPT - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST) - RTXZP6G

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Following the ouster of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in early July, much confusion has arisen regarding the Tamarod campaign in Palestine. Multiple groups in Gaza and the West Bank carrying the same name have emerged in recent months.

The name originally belonged to the Egyptian movement, which claimed that it had gathered more than 22 million signatures supporting the overthrow of Morsi and organized a day of mass protests on June 30. Yet, the unverifiable and hyperbolic statistics of more than 30 million Egyptians protesting in the streets, as well as the unseating of Morsi by the army a few days later, has led many to question the grass-roots nature of Tamarod, and whether it was connected to the greater scheme of a military coup.

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