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6 days of demonstrations in Egypt .. Are they harbingers of a revolution?

Tharwat Nafie, a member of the Defense and National Security Committee of the former Egyptian Shura Council, said that the demonstrations that have been going on for 6 days indicate the extent of anger and boil in the Egyptian street, and are expanding day by day.

While Nafeh said – to the episode (9/25/2020) of the “Beyond the News” program – that these demonstrations do not amount to a revolution, he saw that the moment of the explosion is coming, especially since the anger is growing day after day, in the absence of Political solutions to the deteriorating situation in Egypt.

For the sixth day, despite the tight security measures and the continuous media mobilization against the demonstrators, many governorates witnessed demonstrations denouncing the deterioration of living conditions and the demolition of homes.

In the governorates of Giza, Minya, Qena, Luxor, Damietta and Qena, demonstrators who went out during the day, for the first time in years, chanted slogans confirming the legitimacy of their demands and denouncing the regime’s policies.

This comes despite the authorities’ arrest of dozens of people from their homes on Friday morning, against the backdrop of calls to demonstrate in what has been called “Friday of Rage”. Sources confirmed to Al-Jazeera that tight security reinforcements had been deployed in the governorates of Cairo, Alexandria and Suez. Also, local media reported that the security forces arrested a group of people who tried to block the highway in Cairo.

As part of the security authorities’ pursuit of protesters on Friday, sources told Al-Jazeera that security forces arrested dozens of them in the governorates of Giza and Damietta. It also fired birdshot and tear gas canisters at the Giza, Luxor, and Damietta demonstrations. The sources added that clashes took place in Damietta between the security forces and the demonstrators.

For his part, artist and contractor Mohamed Ali called on President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to open public squares to the demonstrators. He also demanded, in a recorded tape posted on his Facebook page, for the release of detainees, a halt to the demolition of violating properties, and an immediate halt to the implementation of the reconciliation law.

On the other hand, lawyer and political analyst Asaad Haykal said that the demonstrations that took place in Egypt over a period of 6 days should not be underestimated, or exaggerated as well, and considered as demonstrations that express the majority of the people.

Heikal added that there is a large sector of the Egyptian people affected by the demolition of their homes and the imposition of fines on them, and therefore the demonstrations express “some” of this people, and there are beneficiaries from these demonstrations, the Muslim Brotherhood at the forefront.

He believed that the authority was expecting this state of rejection of the demolition of the violating buildings, calling on the president to release the detainees.




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