Nahda sit-in protesters promised 'three days of Eid joy'

Egyptians protesting the coup have vowed not to go home until deposed president Morsi was reinstated along with the suspended constitution and dissolved Shura Council.

Nahda sit-in protesters promised 'three days of Eid joy'

World Bulletin/News Desk

Newcomers to al-Nahda Square might sense an unusual frenzy of activity in the last few days of the holy fasting month of Ramadan with youths hanging paper decorations and balloons and women carrying trays full of cookies, traditionally served during the Islamic feast of Eid al-Fitr.

The buzz in the square comes in preparation for a three-day festivities promised for supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi coming to the al-Nahda sit-in during Eid, Ashraf Abdel-Ghaffar, one of the organizers, told Anadolu Agency.

"The festivities would start following Eid prayers in the square, featuring a mass breakfast for all those camping out and visitors," he added.

"There would also be entrainment shows and games for children followed by a mass lunch."

Pro-Morsi demonstrators have been camping out in al-Nahda and other squares nationwide since he was ousted by the military on July 3 following mass protests against him.

They vowed not to go home until the deposed leader was reinstated along with the suspended constitution and dissolved Shura Council.

"The coup plotters and supporters hope that the squares would be empty during the Eid," Abdel-Ghaffar said, referring to Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi and those he consulted with before ousting Morsi.

"But, on the contrary, the numbers [of protesters] would double as more crowds are expected to converge on the square to celebrate the feast and enjoy the outdoor games and entertainment shows."

Abdel-Ghaffar said that many protesters had changed their plans to go to their hometowns and opted to spend Eid with their families in the square.

"Several protesters said they would not have a traditional Eid this year because we are in the middle of a revolution, and no one would leave the square."

Khaled Salam is a case in point.

"I agreed with my wife to spend the Eid night here in the square and we would bring along new Eid clothes for our kids," the 32-year-old said, noting that most of his family members are joining the sit-in.

"I expect this Eid to be different and better because I would be next to my family and brothers for three whole days, not only for a few hours as the case in the traditional feasts in my hometown."

Sherif Mohamed, 40, agrees.

"I think children would enjoy this Eid more because they visit their relatives on the first day, go out with their friends on the second and then stay home with their families."

"But this Eid would be different. They will get to do all that for three consecutive days."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 06 Ağustos 2013, 17:58