Sabbahi and ElBaradei’s conference in Cairo’s Imbaba cancelled

Ahram Online, Friday 21 Jun 2013

Opposition meeting was called off to avoid any violence; Imbaba anti-Morsi march will go ahead

Mohamed ElBaradei, centre, speaks during a press conference following the meeting of the National Salvation Front, as former Egyptian presidential candidate, Hamdeen Sabahi, left, and former Egyptian Foreign Minister and presidential candidate, Amr Moussa, right, listen in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, Jan. 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)

An opposition conference set to take place in Cairo’s working class district of Imbaba has been cancelled for security reasons, according to a spokesperson for the organising Egyptian Popular Current.

The conference was set to include leading opposition figures Mohamed ElBaradei and Hamdeen Sabbahi.

“The conference has been cancelled to avoid any clashes or confrontations,” Heba Yassin told Ahram Online.

Several clashes took place between supporters and opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood and the president in cities including Alexandria on Friday. Dozens have been injured as a result.

In Cairo, a pro-Morsi rally that began on Friday afternoon and has so far drawn tens of thousands has remained peaceful.

An anti- Morsi march that was scheduled to take place in Imbaba before the conference has not been cancelled.

Participating in the march are the April 6 Youth Movement, the Constitution Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, and the Egyptian Popular Current.

The rally aims to mobilise support for larger anti-Morsi protests planned for June 30, which will call for early presidential elections.

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