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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Millions of Egyptians protesting against Mohamed Morsy and his rule nationwide

Tens of thousands of people gathering in Cairo's Tahrir Square
Thousands of demonstrators in several Egyptian governorates including capital Cairo and the biggest cities started to gather for the planned massive rallies against Egyptian President and Islamists rule on 30 June even the hours before the beginning of the day.

In Cairo tens of thousands of people have gathered in the iconic Tahrir Square with the thousands of the new protesters arriving to the square and to the Presidential Palace from different districts of the city. The numbers of the protesters in Tahrir and in Downtown Cairo are currently near 3 million people, according to the reports.

Huge protests continue in Egypt’s second largest city Alexandria, with the central streets packed with protesters chanting against Mohamed Morsy and Muslim Brotherhood and demanding President to step down in order to hold early presidential elections. The main roads in the city are reportedly closed and blocked by the demonstrators.

Protesters in Alexandria
It’s worth mentioning also that Alexandria has faced a wave of violent clashes during the protests started on Friday, with at least three people dead and hundreds of wounded.
Thousands of people protesting against Morsy have gathered also in Suez, where the military personnel are distributing the flyers urging the peoplen to remain peaceful and avoid any provocations and violence.

The protests are being also held in other governorates of Egypt such as Luxor, Sinai, Menoufiya, Gharbiya, Sharqiya, Port Said and others with thousands of people chanting against the rule of Mohamed Morsy and his political power and calling for the early presidential election.

Thus according to some reports nearly three million of protesters are currently in Tahrir Square in Cairo protesting against Mohamed Morsy and implementing the aims of the recently launched “Rebel” campaign which has managed to gather over 22 million of signatures all over Egypt for Morsy to step down and for the early presidential elections. The “Rebel” campaign was planning initially to collect 15 million of signatures, but the their 22 million of the votes against Morsy outnumbered the 13,2 million he received during the presidential elections. The organizers of the “Rebel” campaign have sent their petition with the collected voices to Egypt’s High Constitutional Court, but, according to today’s HCC’s statement, the Court cannot dismiss Mohamed Morsy from his presidential powers.

With the millions people in Tahrir Square and in the squares and central streets of Egyptian cities the 30 June became the second wave of January 25 Revolution, according to some activists.

It’s also worth mentioning that the armed and police forces are ready for any violent actions and are massively deployed in the areas of the protests, with the helicopters patrolling the sky above Tahrir Square. Some people protesting are calling for military to intervene and to come in power to form the transitional government until the new President will be elected, but the military’s position remains the same: armed forces do not wish to interfere in politics, but they are ready to protect the people and their security in case of the violence. Military also calls for people to remain peaceful and to avoid the violence and clashes.

Meanwhile tens of thousands of supporters of Mohamed Morsy and Islamists have gathered since Friday in Cairo’s Nasr City, in front of Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque, to show their support of Morsy and his right for the presidency. 11 Islamist parties and groups have launched recently the initiative aimed to protect the legitimate right of Mohamed Morsy for the presidential post and demanding to respect the law and to hold the elections only after the official term of Morsy will be ended. They accuse oppositional forces of violating the democracy and legitimacy and claim they will protect the rights of the current President. The sit-in is also organized by the Islamist demonstrators.

For the detailed coverage of the events of Sunday 30 June you can visit Ahram-Online, which provides with the updates of the protests.