CAIRO: Giza and Cairo security forces announced Wednesday they are prepared for any violence the Muslim Brotherhood may have planned on the one year anniversary of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares sit-ins dispersal Thursday, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
Vehicles and pedestrians will not be allowed to pass through Tahrir Square.
The Tourism Police decided Wednesday not to allow tourists to visit the Egyptian Museum on Thursday, Youm7 reported.
Security forces spread out on a large scale in all checkpoints, capital entrances, and in Rabaa and Nahda Squares. Other squares and police stations will be secured and policemen’s vacations will be postponed until the dispersal’s first anniversary is over.
“Rabaa Square is a red line and nobody can approach it,” Deputy Head of Cairo Investigation Administration Essam Saad told Al-Masry Al-Youm. He said Cairo is witnessing unprecedented security precautions in all areas and checkpoints were set up a day before the anniversary.
The purpose of the checkpoints is to search vehicles and check the IDs and licenses of drivers. They will search people coming into Cairo from other governorates and in case they suspect some who will cause violence on the anniversary.
Saad said that a plan was set to secure embassies, the Television and Radio Union, and the Egyptian Museum surrounded Tahrir Square.
Additional reporting by Mervat Rashad.