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Updated: Egypt's Islamists rally to support President Morsi
Hundreds of thousands of Islamists hold a rally to support beleaguered President Mohamed Morsi; ONTV and CBC television channels report that their crews were assaulted while covering the rally
Ahram Online, Friday 21 Jun 2013
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Islamists, members of the brotherhood and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout slogans during a protest around the Raba El-Adwyia mosque square in the suburb of Nasr City, in Cairo June 21, 2013. (Photo: Reuters)

Hundreds of thousands have gathered in front of Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City to voice their support for President Mohamed Morsi.

The pro-Morsi rallies, which were organised under the banner of “denouncing violence,” come ahead of planned anti-Morsi protests on 30 June.

Demonstrators held banners in support of the president, chanting “Islam is the solution” and “the Quran is the constitution.”

Some held Egyptian flags, while others held flags with the logo of the Muslim Brotherhood, or black flags emblazoned with the slogan “no God but God.”

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, several demonstrators formed ad hoc protection committees around the vicinity of the mosque in case of violence.

Dozens of Muslim Brotherhood members were bussed into Cairo for the rally from other governorates, reported Al-Ahram. One man held a sign reading “Upper Egyptians are with you, Mr. President.” 

A number of prominent Islamist figures took to the stage on Friday afternoon, such as Salafist preacher Safwat El-Hegazy, former MP Mohamed El-Omda, and presenter on Misr 25, the Brotherhood’s official channel, Noor Abdel-Hafez, reported Ahram Online’s Osman El-Sharnoubi.

Speaking to the masses from the stage, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya member Assem Abdel-Maged announced that copies of the pro-Morsi Tagarud ‘Impartiality’ petition forms had been distributed among the thousands present. He asked them to bring the petitions signed to next Friday’s million-man march.

“Tagarud has collected 13 million signatures,” announced Abdel-Magued.

The pro-Morsi campaign, which is connecting signatures to counter an anti-Morsi signature drive by the Rebel campaign, had announced on Thursday that it had only collected 11 million signatures.

He further vowed that by next Friday, 33 million signatures would have been collected.

“Next Friday is the spark for the Islamic revolution,” he said.

On Thursday, the anti-Morsi campaign announced that it had collected 15 million signatures, 2 more than the 13 million that brought the Islamist president to power last year. 

Prior to his speech, Abdel-Maged held the hands of Mohamed Omara, a member of the Salafist Nour Party, welcoming him onto the stage.

The Nour Party and ideological parent the Salafist Call had said that they would not officially participate in either the pro-Morsi rallies or the opposition protests on 30 June, objecting to the increasing levels of political polarisation.

While several ambulances are on site, no security forces have been deployed as yet to the rally.

There were some chants against Syrian president Bashar Al-Assad at the demonstration.

The rally saw a martial arts performance by Islamist youths wearing chest guards typically worn in martial arts matches.

Privately-owned television channels ONTV and CBC, both often accused by Islamists of being anti-Muslim Brotherhood, have said that their crews were assaulted by the crowds while covering the protests.

On Saturday, President Morsi severed ties with Syria and withdrew the Egyptian ambassador from Damascus, a move which the opposition perceived as an attempt to please both the US and his Islamist supporters.

Seventeen Islamist parties have announced their support for Friday's pro-Morsi rallies, including the Freedom and Justice Party, the Wasat Party, Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya's Building and Development Party, and the Salafist Watan and Asala parties.

"We seek to promote peaceful means of demonstrating, denounce the opposition's calls for violence and – most importantly – support Egypt's freely elected president and defend his democratic legitimacy," Ahmed Oqeil, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) told Ahram Online.





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expat
21-06-2013 07:40pm
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with this folks its egypistan next....welcome the next caliphat of ignorance
this kind of folks have been planned fed and nutured by the saudhi and khatari whabists for now nearly 30 years... with their money,with their wired ideas of islamic supremacy and with disregard to any human rights to others than their own folks this country is in bigger trouble than syria...syria will get rid of the paid thugs,which pretend to be opposition from tschetschnia/afghanistan/egypt and where the hell the evil forces of sunni djihad blows them from HERE,even the soil is contaminated with wahabi thinking and nobody realises,that they cut the tree,they are sitting on,as they are not saudhi arabia with billions of litres of oil under their feet,but with billions of hungry mouths to feed in a desert state
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Kay
21-06-2013 07:32pm
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Brink Of Civil War
Is this what Egypt has become, either your with MB or against them? Can we not find a meeting point. Do we not want what is best for Egypt in the end of the day. Right now Egypt is suffering, our country is in misery. Regardless of who you think is right or wrong, we need to find a solution and stand as one before its too late. The opposition is not organised nor is it all so innocent. Although at the same time the muslim brotherhood have lied and have made egyptians worse off (no electricity for days for some and the shortage of water). The MB are no saints, but violence is not always the answer. We do not want bloodshed for 30 June we just want stability and that is why i am going to go down on the 30th of June
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democrat
21-06-2013 06:39pm
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The MB is a sad joke...
The are holding a demonstration under the slogan "denouncing violence" and then: [quote]"The rally saw a martial arts performance by Islamist youths"... That speaks for itself and the hypocracy of those lying Brothers! NONE of the promises they EVER made have been fulfilled! They forget that Morsi would not be president if not for the same revolutionary youth that are now organising the Tamarod-campaign against him! It was the secular groups that voted for him to prevent Shafiq as president. How much support Morsi really had could be seen in the first round of the election: barely 25%!!! Then 75% (!) did NOT vote for him! He would have lost against any other candidate...
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expat
21-06-2013 09:14pm
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abdul....
democracy is not about numbers,its about a common sense to agree in disagreement for the whole...it will take your kind hundred years even to google,what i told just now...human rights?
expat
21-06-2013 09:00pm
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i bet..
i really bet,that its bitter medicin to see this special outcome of the idea of a better egypt with human rights etc...its really a real time sarcasm to see you guys arround
abdulrahman
21-06-2013 08:19pm
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You Are A Fake Democrat
Mr Democrat! you are a genuine fake. When NSF and opposition has been going around collecting signatures against Morsi and at the same time planning for mammoth demo, you have kept silent. Now the Muslim Brotherhood is doing exactly what the opposition have been doing - show the country that Morsi has their support,you are calling them a sad joke. Who is a sad joke? What is wrong when the other party simply exercises the same right. So to you! only opposition people can demonstrate. So the Islamists should not demonstrate. Come on they are Egyptians too. You are too obsessed with your double standards and you are a fake democrat. Stop insulting democracy. We call upon all Egyptians who support President Morsi to come out and tell the opposition to stop bluffing the nation. It is time the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters make the opposition swallow their own bitter medicine. Long live Egypt and the revolution.
democrat
21-06-2013 07:23pm
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funny...
...that now the MB-supportres are gathering their meager forces to vot massivly "thumbs down" on the comments. They have nothing constructive to say so they act in a childish fashion.
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patkar
21-06-2013 05:55pm
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just for the show
nobody to face and just to try to show people that they are peaceful, sure and what's next ? Next june 30 they will unleash their militias and thugs paid on qatari money , to raise havoc , accusin the tamarod. Just wait and see, I hope to be wrong !
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GUEST
21-06-2013 05:26pm
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non-violence?
The fact that the CBC and ONTV crews were assaulted during the "peaceful" pro-Mursi rally speaks for itself.
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Sam Enslow
21-06-2013 08:19pm
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Brotherhood Reason for Violence
Note that The Brothers believe it is fine to assult YV crews if the are not covering an event the way The Brotherhood wants it covered. This is their idea of democracy, "Do it our way or we shall punish you."
person
21-06-2013 06:30pm
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why
Do you know why they were attacked or are you just going off a statement. They were attacked because they weren't coveing the protest properly they used one camera angle that showed very little of this million man protest and that is a move mubark's media did to say that the people who opposed him were a minority.
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azza radwan sedky
21-06-2013 05:09pm
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June 30th, and then what?
To fulfill it goal, Tamarod and its organizers must be prepared with a strategy for the events that will follow and the days after June 30. See "June 30th, and then what?"
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Sam Enslow
21-06-2013 08:21pm
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Plan published
Tamarod has persented its plans for a transitional government. It has been published in the newspapers.
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Alicia
21-06-2013 04:07pm
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opposition's calls for violence?????
"We seek to promote peaceful means of demonstrating, denounce the opposition's calls for violence ......" Ahmed Oqeil, spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) told Ahram Online. ---- I didn't read about opposition calling for violence anywhere. (????)
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DT
21-06-2013 04:39pm
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BB
The Black Bloc is a case in point.

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