CAIRO: Two different scenes emerged in Cairo on Friday in response to Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi’s announcement he would run for presidential, those who celebrated his decision and others, including the Muslim Brotherhood, who protested his decision.
The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy called for new demonstrations Friday under the motto of “Together Towards Salvation,” it announced in a Thursday statement.
Tamarod Movement announced they will be staging demonstrations on Friday to celebrate Sisi’s candidacy. In Abdel Moneim Riyad Square, people gathered after Friday prayers, carried Sisi’s pictures, and celebrated his candidacy.
Dozens in Mahalla organized a human chain to support Sisi and chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood.
Many cities in Kafr el-Sheikh supported Sisi, the Future of a Nation campaign coordinator told Youm7, and they will organize demonstrations on Friday to express their continued revolutionary demands and to call for safety and security.
Assistant Minister of Interior Mohamed al-Sharqawy said unidentified people set fire into marquee of Sisi supports in Port Said.
In Helwan, a march started from Khattab Mosque, where protesters repeated anti-military chants.
Clashes erupted between the protesters and the security forces in Mansour Street, where forces managed to disperse the gathering by firing teargas at the crowd. Protesters fired back with gunshots at the police in response to the teargas, according to Youm7.
Alexandria security forces arrested five MB members for possessing Molotov cocktail in a march. They also had documents that incite against the police and army.
Central Security Forces detained one Al-Jazeera reporter during the clashes. A security force told Youm7 that they found pictures of security armored vehicles and a number of security leaders on the reporter’s cameras.
Clashes also erupted between Al-Azhar University students and security forces in Cairo. Students threw stones and Molotov cocktails at the forces, who responded by firing tear gas into the campus.
In Nasr City, security forces dispersed a march in Ibrahim el-Refaie St. after it attempted to block side streets to escape from the armored vehicles, reported Youm7.
An intense presence of security forces and vehicles was reported in Haram St. and Dokki district in Giza, who dispersed a march that started after Friday prayer in Haram St.
Security forces dispersed marches in Maadi, October 6 City, where five rioters were arrested, as well as in Heliopolis, where forces seized weapons.
Additional reporting by Anas Habib, Mahmoud Abdel Rady, Ahmed Marei, Reham el-Masry, Reham Abdullah, Kamel Kamel, Osama Talaat, Islam Saeed, and Mones Hawas.