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Current issue | Issue 1154, (27 June - 3 July 2013)
Tuesday,17 July, 2018
Issue 1154, (27 June - 3 July 2013)

Ahram Weekly

Governorates warming up

Mass protests against the Muslim Brotherhood are being staged across the country, reports Mohamed Abdel-Baky

Al-Ahram Weekly

Protesters took to the streets throughout the country to voice their displeasure over the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) and to demand the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi who is an MB member.
Anti-government demonstrations took place in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Suez, Daqahliya, Sharqiya and Kafr Al-Sheikh. Most of the protests were organised by opposition forces in preparation for 30 June, the first anniversary of Morsi’s presidency. In Cairo, supporters of those killed since the start of the 2011 revolution gathered at Morsi’s house in Al-Tagammu Al-Khamis on Cairo’s outskirts demanding reparation for those killed under his tenure as president.
The demonstrators chanted slogans against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. Central Security Forces were deployed near the president’s house.
In Tahrir Square, a group of protesters jumped off the Qasr Al-Nil Bridge into the River Nile on Friday to protest against Morsi. Swimming back to shore, they held up signs saying: “Youth that love Egypt. We’re fed up.”
In Luxor, anti-Morsi protests forced the recently appointed governor to resign. Adel Al-Khayat, a member of the ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, said in a press conference that the leadership of his group believed that it was a wise decision to leave the post.
Al-Khayat downplayed his connection with Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya, whose political arm is called the Construction and Development Party — but it was not enough to heighten concerns among the public and those in the tourism industry. Al-Gamaa was behind the killing of over 50 tourists in Luxor in 1997.
“We will not accept that one drop of blood be spilt because of a position that I did not personally aspire to at any time,” said Al-Khayat.
In Alexandria, a group of opposition members and Islamists started chanting against each other after Friday prayers at the Qaed Ibrahim Mosque. Scuffles broke out with some rock-throwing until the Islamists left the scene.
In Port Said, about 2,000 gathered to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood in readiness for 30 June. A rally began at the Tawfiki Mosque, passed through downtown, and ended up at the governorate headquarters.
Political forces denounced a leaflet the Muslim Brotherhood had distributed. They accused the Brotherhood of planning to torch several facilities and institutions.
In Suez, dozens protested at Arbein Square after Friday prayers, also demanding the downfall of Morsi’s government. The protesters said they did not belong to parties, adding that their goal was to express how the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime had failed. The demonstrators urged all Egyptians to take part in the 30 June demonstrations and insisted that this be the last day for Morsi as president after what they described as the country’s deterioration during his first year. They cited a lack of justice at the state level, poor security and electricity and water outages.
Daqahliya witnessed its own protests, with about 3,000 people participating on Friday against Morsi from the Ibn Tamim Mosque in Manzala to Ibrahimi Mosque.
Meanwhile, workers at Mahalla textile factory organised a protest on Sunday to call for the removal of Morsi. The workers announced they will be there on 30 June.
In the neighbouring Kafr Al-Sheikh governorate, a group of angry opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood late on Saturday set ablaze a number of shops believed to belong to Brotherhood supporters, as tension between rival camps continued to mount.
The incident was reportedly triggered by an attack on Mohamed Al-Shabouri, a member of the opposition Egyptian Popular Current, by a group of Brotherhood members in the city of Fowa, according to the MENA state news agency. Al-Shabouri was reported to have been critically injured.
Mohamed Shahin, a leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), claimed in a report he filed that government opponents initiated the violence when they attacked three shops belonging to members of the Islamist group in Kafr Al-Sheikh on Friday.
Assailants wielding bladed weapons also clashed with Muslim Brotherhood members at the Abdallah Al-Emari Mosque and outside the residence of another leading member of the group, Mahmoud Al-Saidi, the FJP’s Kafr Al-Sheikh Secretary-General Ragab Al-Banna was quoted as saying.
Tension in Kafr Al-Sheikh has escalated since an anti-Brotherhood conference was held there on Friday, attended by a number of opposition activists and former MPs including Mustafa Bakri. Thousands of local residents took part in the event.
In addition, the FJP said on Saturday that a member of the hardline Islamist group Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya died from gunshot wounds in Egypt’s central Fayoum governorate, blaming the opposition.
The FJP said in a statement that Mohamed Al-Shalakani, 35, was shot by “thugs” from the opposition coalition, the National Salvation Front and proponents of the anti-Morsi Tamarod, or Rebel, campaign, during a rally supporting the president on 16 June. Another Brotherhood member was quoted as blaming remnants of the former regime for the attack.

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