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Egypt artists stage second anti-Morsi march to Tahrir Square

Hundreds of artists march to Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday to join nationwide demonstrations to demand President Morsi's ouster

Ati Metwaly, Tuesday 2 Jul 2013
Artists, march enters Tahrir Square around 6pm on 2 July 2013 (Photo: Ati Metwaly)
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Egyptian artists gathered once again outside the culture ministry in Cairo's Tamale district, later walking towards Tahrir Square to join a massive crowd gathered there. Protesters' demanded that President Mohamed Morsi step down and that the Muslim Brotherhood be removed from power.

Tuesday's march comes only two days after artists and intellectuals staged the largest protest march since the January 2011 revolution.

Though this time smaller in size, the march still counted several hundreds and was met with cheers by passers-by as the crowd walked through 26 July Street, through Saray El-Gezira Street along the Nile towards Qasr El-Nil Bridge from where it entered Tahrir Square.

The march included artists of all generations and fields: filmmakers, theatre makers, musicians and visual artists, among others. The protesters were led by a car with speakers, as artists sang patriotic songs and stopped occasionally to sing the Egyptian national anthem.

Some professional singers took the mike and led protesters in the songs.

As the march advanced, artists' chants included "People want the removal of the regime" and "The people removed the regime."

The latter chant was prompted by a Monday statement by the Egyptian Armed Forces, which gave political forces 48 hours to comply with opposition demands or face an army-imposed 'roadmap' out of the crisis.

Most protesters interpreted the statement as reflecting the army's decision to remove Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power.

Other chants, repeated at many protests and marches, include: "Erhal means 'go,' you who doesn't understand," "Egypt is a secular country," "Revolution continues," and "They said freedom and they said justice, but the Brotherhood trades in religion."

As the march approached Qasr Al-Nil Bridge, it was met with a large crowd of protesters from the Gezira Club and other protest groups. Army vehicles that passed on the street in between the marches were met with cheers.

As protests continue, independent artists announced their willingness to hold a variety of musical events to take place outside the presidential palace, another venue for anti-Morsi protests. On Monday, well-known rock band 'Cairokee' performed on the stage erected at the location.

For artists and intellectuals, Tuesday's march to Tahrir was the second march within two days. On 30 June, the number of artists and intellectuals who marched was in the thousands.

Artists banged clogs together on Shagaret El-Dor Street outside Egypt's culture ministry in Cairo, a reference to 13th-century Egyptian ruler Shagaret El-Dor, who was beaten to death by slaves wielding wooden clogs.

People standing at the 6th of October bridge cheer to the artists' march, 2 July 2013 (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

Car with speakers at the head of the artists' march (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

A few artists spread large flag of Egypt in front of the artists' march on 2 July 2013 (Photo: Ati Metwaly)

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Herb Taufiq
02-07-2013 10:50pm
I love it, when yet an other elitarian anti-Morsi-group gets Ahram's attention. Bravo!
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03-07-2013 03:17am
Wake up
Wake up my friend. Religion is in the heart and in the home. A party based on religion has no place in the modern world. Everyone practices thier religion the way they feel in thier heart. People in the same family view religion differently let alone a country. Morals are universal . We don't need a religious party telling us what it right and what is wrong. We need leaders that will help bring our country to the 21st century. We need an economic plan a plan to bring back foreign investment a social safety net for out needy a plan to build a middle class. Not debating female circumcision appointing terrorist to govern tourist cities. Wake up. If you want to pray 50 times a day you are free to if you want your daughters covered head to toe you are free to. You are not free to tell me how to practice my religion or how to raise my family. I am the man of my family I will make my choices.

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