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Rival demonstrations in Egypt on a curfew-free Friday

Islamist demonstrations fuel fears of a violent showdown a day after authorities ended a state of emergency in force since August

Ahram Online , Friday 15 Nov 2013
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant anti-army slogans as one waves a national flag, during a protest in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi took to the streets of Cairo and other governorates on Friday afternoon, a day after a three-month-old curfew aimed at curbing street protests was lifted.

Hundreds of Morsi loyalists marched through the capital in what Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement billed "No to Reprisal Justice" protests denouncing the "farcical" trial of the deposed leader which began on 4 November.

According to television reports, groups of students from Al-Azhar University staged a march on the fringes of Rabaa Al-Adawiya, a square in eastern Cairo that was the site of a large protest camp by Morsi supporters over the summer until a violent dispersal by security forces.

The square, which has been sealed off by troops since the morning, is a short walk from the Al-Azhar campus.

Numbers appeared limited despite a pro-Morsi grouping call for a "million-strong" march. A sustained police crackdown on Islamists which saw hundreds killed and thousands of others arrested has significantly hampered the group’s ability to turn out crowds.

Hundreds joined several marches in Alexandria, holding up posters showing the yellow symbol of Rabaa and chanting against the army and Gen. Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.

Fridays has become the usual day for protests in Egypt, with marches setting off from mosques after the weekly Muslim afternoon prayers.

On Thursday, the state of emergency and an accompanying curfew, which had begun at 7pm on Fridays, was lifted.

At the same time in Alexandria, hundreds of supporters of the country's interim leaders rallied in the central Qaed Ibrahim mosque to voice their backing for the Egyptian army that removed Morsi and to denounce "terrorism," Al-Ahram’s Arabic website reported.

Protesters held aloft photos of El-Sisi, and shouted anti-Brotherhood and anti-terrorism slogans as they marched east along the city's seafront.

Egypt's interior ministry said on Thursday it was sending armed police units and patrols into the capital's major street and in Giza to ensure heightened security, according to MENA state news agency.

Morsi, 62, was toppled by the military in July after mass protests against his rule, and now being tried for incitement of murder, which could carry the death penalty.

In his first public appearance since his removal, Morsi refused to recognise the court trying him and insisted he was still Egypt's legitimate president.

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15-11-2013 09:55pm
delusion of the so called liberals
You think you can whipe off Islamists and Islam from the hearts of the eyptian through Army thanks and weapons it's your delusion.Majority of egyptian hate liberals and secularists, you cannot rule over Eggypt on gun point.You think your junta repressive and brutall tactics can bow down the islamists,you are mistaken and mis-guided.Islamist are steadfast and will remain steadfast whatsover repressive tactics are used by your godfather CC.
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very very critical
16-11-2013 04:17pm
This dogma is a malignant disease that seem to have inflicted all Brothers. It is a matra that they continue to repeat in the hope that someone somewhere will believe it. Forget it Brother. You need medical help!

15-11-2013 05:32pm
don' let them set aqenda
puttinq aside their version of Islam, there are four/4 psycholoqy that Ikhwan have fallen victim to, and their opponents should avoid. 'qroup-think', conditioninq, action-reaction, and means become ends. qroup-think leads to increasinq conformity within the qroup, and increasinq stereo-typinq of and animosity towards the 'other', thus they went from Banna to Qutb, from Ftuah to Morsi. don't stereotype rank-and-file members of Ikhwan. Conditionq of younq men could be a huqe problem today, with qames like QTA and M of H rewardinq players for violent crime, and dehumanizinq the killinq their fellow humans, callinq them 'sheep', 'piqs and doqs'. don't call qroups names like this. When a qroup like Ikhwan act with uncompromisinq force to all 'others', it's natural for their victims to react in like manner. but then the 'qood' quys and 'bad' quys become indisinquishable in their actions. not only did sinkinq to their level in the 'clearinq' of mid-Auqust disrespect the value of human life, it qave them the propaqanda weapon they were lookinq for. Lots of misquided people still aqree with ikhwan's hallucinatinq dream, but the means become the end. people who use violence, lie, cheat, all the time become habitual, and never arrive at their declared paradise, so don't let this 'current situation' behavior become a habit
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