Supporters of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi chant slogans and raise flags and banners in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt September 27, 2019. (Reuters)
Thousands of Egyptians gathered in east Cairo to participate in a rally to show support for President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, countering calls for protest on Friday against his administration as security forces deployed on a large scale in the capital.
Supporters of President El-Sisi demonstrated their support for the president in Nasr City, carrying Egyptian flags and pictures of El-Sisi. They also chanted slogans in support of the Armed Forces and the Police.
A number of well-known singers, including Mohamed Ramadan, performed patriotic songs for the crowd on a large make-shift stage.
On Friday morning, upon his return from attending the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, El-Sisi commented on the call for protests, telling Egyptians "not to worry" and saying that "the country is powerful through its people.".
Several media outlets reported small protests in Cairo and upper Egypt on Friday.
The calls for protests on Friday were made by a contractor who fled to Spain before accusing the administration of President El-Sisi of mismanaging public funds, but without providing evidence.
Last week, President El-Sisi described the contractor's accusations as "lies and fabrications," saying these allegations "aim to shake the trust of the people in their leadership."
Th contractor's call for protests has not been endorsed by any political group. However, throughout the week, videos from people abroad, who refer to themselves as opposition, as well as media outlets associated with the terrorist-designated Muslim Brotherhood group have been encouraging people to take to the streets on Friday to protest against the president.
“There is a picture that is being formed…just like before. It’s all lies, fabrications, and defamations. Electronic armies are at work with some media outlets to present an untruthful picture,” the president said on Friday morning. "You have to be aware of this. We are powerful. The country is powerful through you," El-Sisi said.
Supporters of President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi chant slogans in Cairo, Egypt September 27, 2019. (Reuters)
Supporters of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al Sisi chant slogans in Cairo, Egypt September 27, 2019. (Reuters)