'Tahrir protests to sound death knell for coup'

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have called for mass protests in central Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the celebrations

'Tahrir protests to sound death knell for coup'

World Bulletin/News Desk

A youth movement supporting ousted president Mohamed Morsi said on Saturday that planned protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square will sound the death knell for what it described as the "military coup".

"Having the revolutionary entered the Tahrir Square on Sunday will sound the death kneel for the military coup," the "Youth against coup" movement said in a press release on Saturday.

The pro-Morsi group said the closure of the iconic square by the military reflects the "weakness of the coup".

"Closing the square and turning it into a military barrack will not scare us away from entering it," the movement said.

Egypt marks on Sunday the 40th anniversary of the 1973 military victory against Israel for regaining the Sinai Peninsula.

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi have called for mass protests in central Cairo's Tahrir Square to mark the celebrations.

The Tamarod movement, which spearheaded protests that led to Morsi's ouster three months ago, has called for mass protests nationwide to show support for the military.

Egyptian authorities have decided to close down Tahrir Square and the vicinity of the presidential Etihadiya Palace, east of Cairo, until Monday due to "the ceremonies scheduled to take place… on the occasion of the anniversary of the October 6 War" against Israel.

Diaa al-Sawi, political coordinator of the movement, said rallies will be staged from mosques following the noon prayers toward the Tahrir Square.

Marches will also be staged from four areas in the Egyptian capital, he added.

"We may perform the Asr (midday) prayers at the gates of the square," al-Sawi said. "By the Maghreb (dusk) prayer we may have entered it."

He, however, declined to say whether the pro-Morsi demonstrators will stage a sit-in in Tahrir Square.

"It is still early to say whether we will stage a sit-in there or not," al-Sawi said.

Ahmed Abdel-Aziz, Secretary General of the self-styled movement "Journalists against coup" said Sunday will be a turning point.

"We will still to peaceful protests and avoid armed confrontations," he said.

Shaimaa Ezzat, a member of Wasat party, said the demonstrators are not against the army.

"We just want our army to stop taking sides and stay away from staining their hands with the blood of Egyptians," he said."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 05 Ekim 2013, 23:19

Muhammed Öylek