Protesters gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Port Said, Suez, Daqahleya, and Kafr Al-Sheikh to voice their dissent against the ruling Muslim Brotherhood and demand the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi’s government.
Al-Dostour Party Spokesman Haitham El-Hariri in Alexandria said that a group of opposition members and Islamists there had started chanting against each other after Friday prayers at the Qa’id Ibrahim Mosque. Minor clashes broke out with some rock-throwing until the Islamists left the scene, El Hariri said.
He added that the Islamists were a much smaller group than the opposition, and that both groups totaled “about 200 people.“
In Port Said, Revolutionary Socialist Mohamed Wefki said that “about 2,000” had gathered to protest against the Muslim Brotherhood as mobilisation for 30 June. Wefki said the march began at the Tawfiky Mosque, passed through downtown, and ended at the governorate building.
In Suez, dozens protested at Arba’een Square after Friday prayers, also demanding the downfall of Morsi’s government. Protesters there told the Daily News Egypt that while they do not belong to any political party or movement, they had taken to the streets because they believed the Brotherhood had failed to properly administer the country. For this, they cited a lack of justice at the state level, poor security conditions, and electricity and water outages
Daqahleya and Kafr Al-Sheikh witnessed their own protests, according to state-run Al-Ahram, with the former kicking off at the Ibn Tameem Mosque in Manzala, and the latter starting up at the Ibrahimi mosque, numbering 3,000.
According to 6 April Youth Movement’s official live page, “mothers and supporters of martyrs” gathered at Morsi’s house in the Fifth Settlement near Cairo demanding rights for those killed under his tenure as president.
In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, meanwhile, approximately eight protesters jumped off the Qasr Al-Nil Bridge into the Nile river in a show of protest against Morsi. Swimming back to shore, they held up signs saying: “Youth that love Egypt. We’re fed up.”
Additional reporting by Hassan Ghoneima