Egyptian businessman and political activist Muhammad Ali called for the continuation of the protest demonstrations that began a week ago in Egypt, stressing the peacefulness of the movement, following the “Friday of Anger” in which at least one was killed among the demonstrators and dozens were arrested.
Ali advised the demonstrators – via a video posted on Facebook – to continue demonstrating at night to avoid security repression, stressing that the demonstrations are peaceful and their goal is “to restore Egypt” and not “incitement against Egypt.”
He expressed his deep sadness for the casualties among the demonstrators during yesterday’s protests, and called on the police to understand the lesson of the January 25, 2011 revolution, in which police violence was the spark that it launched, stressing that the revolution continues, as he put it.
The demonstrations in Egypt took place yesterday under the slogan “Friday of Rage” for the sixth consecutive day, denouncing the deterioration of living conditions and the demolition of homes.
The demonstrators, in the governorates of Giza, Fayoum, Minya, Qena, Luxor, Damietta and Ismailia, chanted slogans confirming the legitimacy of their demands and demanding the departure of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi.
Dead and arrested
Sources told Al-Jazeera that at least one demonstrator was shot dead by security forces in Al-Blida village in Al-Ayyat district in the Giza governorate, and security forces arrested dozens of demonstrators in several governorates.
Since last Sunday, the country has witnessed a wave of protests following the calls to demonstrate by the businessman (Ali) and adopted by a large number of opposition forces.
The demonstrations followed decisions to demolish and demolish buildings the government said were built in violation of building codes, and the government imposed heavy reconciliation fines to avoid home demolitions.
Demonstrations in Europe
On the other hand, Egyptians demonstrated abroad on Saturday, in solidarity with the movement taking place in Egyptian villages and cities.
In the Dutch city of The Hague, Egyptian activists demonstrated in front of their country’s embassy, holding banners to protest the government’s policies and demand the departure of Sisi, and the continuation of what they described as the course of the Egyptian revolution.
Egyptians also organized a sit-in in Milan, Italy, to express their support for the popular movement and to demand the departure of Sisi.