Pro-Morsi protesters brace for forced dispersion

Protesters camped out in Cairo's Rab'a al-Adaweya Square in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi have stepped up security at the square's entrances in anticipation of possible attempts by police to disperse their sit-in.

Pro-Morsi protesters brace for forced dispersion

World Bulletin/News Desk

Protesters camped out in Cairo's Rab'a al-Adaweya Square in support of ousted President Mohamed Morsi have stepped up security at the square's entrances in anticipation of possible attempts by police to disperse their sit-in.

The number of protesters tasked with guarding entrances and searching visitors has seen a noticeable increase, with more sandbags and bricks being erected around the protest site.

Protesters distributed makeshift gas masks and bottles of vinegar, which is commonly used as a remedy against teargas. Tech-savvy young demonstrators also took to their laptops and tablets to spread the word about how to best handle cases of teargas exposure.

Security was also beefed up around the site's makeshift kitchens following reports that security forces were considering pacifying protesters by drugging their food.

Protest organizers said they had "plans" for countering any would-be attempts by security forces to break up the sit-in by force, although they declined to elaborate further.

On Wednesday, the government mandated the Interior Ministry to take "all necessary measures" to disperse Morsi supporters, who have maintained their sit-ins for over one month.

The following day, the ministry urged demonstrators to go home, promising anyone who complied with a "safe exit."

Güncelleme Tarihi: 02 Ağustos 2013, 17:38
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