Morsi supporters protest at Cairo's Kasr Al-Qoba palace

Ahram Online , Tuesday 19 Nov 2013

Hundreds of pro-Morsi supporters headed to Kasr Al-Qoba presidential palace instead of Mohamed Mahmoud Street to avoid clashes

Hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters marched to Kasr Al-Qoba presidential palace in east Cairo on Tuesday afternoon, to commemorate the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes which happened in November 2011.

The supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi demanded his reinstatement and the reinstatement of the 2012 constitution passed during his presidency – currently being amended.

The protesters also chanted against army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi and demanded "the return of the army to the barracks."

The march dispersed by around 6pm.

There was a noticeable absence of police forces at the palace, which is being secured by armed forces.

The pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy had announced on Friday that the alliance and its supporters would not head to Tahrir Square or Mohamed Mahmoud Street like other groups commemorating the second anniversary of the clashes. They chose Kasr Al-Qoba palace in northern Cairo as an alternative destination, to avoid potential violence. 

The Way of the Revolution Front, which opposes both the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, has called for protests commemorating the anniversary in Mohamed Mahmoud Street in central Cairo, saying supporters of the Brotherhood were not welcome.

At the time, the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamist allies denounced the protesters, accusing them of trying to disrupt the parliamentary elections which were scheduled to start a week later.

The "Youth Against the Coup", an Islamist youth group formed to protest the ouster of Morsi in July, said it will march to Mohamed Mahmoud Street on Tuesday night to commemorate the anniversary.

In 2011 clashes erupted between pro-revolutionary protesters and security forces, leaving 47 protesters dead and over 3000 injured.

In 2012, when Morsi was president, clashes erupted again on the day marking the first anniversary of the violence. Three protesters were killed. 

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