With the escalation of protests in Egypt for the sixth consecutive day in response to calls for demonstrations on the “Friday of Rage”; The heart of Cairo remained dormant while the parties continued to burn with demonstrations.
On a tour of Al-Jazeera Net correspondents in Cairo, it was noticed the return of the tight security grip a day after the procedures were eased, and the bridges were filled with security men in uniform and civilian uniforms to stop pedestrians and car drivers to find out their identities and detain suspects.
The ambushes emerged mainly at the bridges linking the governorates of Cairo and Giza, which is a geographical and natural extension of the Cairo governorate, in order to prevent protesters from reaching major squares in central Cairo, which had long been a main target of the demonstrators, such as Tahrir and Ramses Square.
Today, before noon prayers and until evening prayers, the police carried out parades of armored cars in the streets, which kept sounding warning sirens throughout their course, which was considered by citizens as a form of intimidation to prevent leaving the houses.
In Talaat Harb Square near Tahrir Square, security forces stationed heavily, and passers-by were arrested and their identities explored, while Tahrir Square, on which the security forces were present, remained open, but it witnessed limited movement of pedestrians and cars, which streets and squares are usually empty on Friday. .
Large numbers of cyclists were seen in a number of Cairo streets, reminding them of previous scenes in “Friday of anger” during the January 2011 revolution, of demonstrators who traveled in Cairo by bicycle after transportation was cut off at the time and police fled.
As for the other explanation for this scene, it is that these are what are called “honorable citizens”, and they are groups of criminal record holders who are called by the police to help them against the demonstrators by infiltrating them and arresting activists in demonstrations, or starting clashes with demonstrators until the matter appears as if the people are divided between Supporter and opponent of the system.
It seems that the name “Friday of Rage” evoked the minds of the security men what happened on Friday of Anger in 2011, when angry protesters stormed police stations, where tight security was seen on police stations, and large numbers of security men armed with automatic rifles were observed in front of them in a clear alert.
The security tightening continued until Friday evening, with calls on social media platforms to demonstrate.
Despite these strict measures, Cairene citizens did not seem indifferent to the whole matter, according to eyewitnesses, as the worshipers went out from Friday prayers in the major mosques in Cairo, such as the Al-Fateh Mosque in Ramses and the Al-Istikama Mosque in Giza naturally, unlike what happened last Friday in September, when citizens left From these mosques, we are waiting for someone to spark the chanting, following an invitation from the Egyptian contractor and artist Muhammad Ali.
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Demonstrators surrounded the security forces in Damietta, shouting: “What you fear Sisi must walk”
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According to scenes filmed in areas on the outskirts of Cairo, such as Shubra al-Kheima (in the north), As-Saf and Atfih (south of Giza), and Kerdasa, Kafr al-Jabal, and Sixth of October City (west), there is an escalation of protest in terms of numbers.
Protesters cut off the main highway that cuts Cairo all the way from north to south for a short period, while the governorate official announced the closure of the road for the construction of a new bridge.
Businessman and artist Mohamed Ali, calling for the ongoing September protests for the sixth day, had warned the demonstrators not to go to public squares, unless the numbers were huge, and in a message on his personal Facebook page he promised a new idea that would take the movement to a greater level if the matter was found appropriate.
In exchange for activists and opponents of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi celebrating the demonstrations, the regime’s media and supporters denied their existence, then came back and described it as a children’s revolution, and while the opponents recognized the abundant presence of children in the demonstrations, they considered this a healthy phenomenon that heralds an informed generation.
Upper Egypt demonstrators, wearing their distinctive “robes”, reproduced famous scenes of the January revolution, and protesters appeared, returning the tear gas canisters thrown at them to the police forces again.
In conjunction with the outbreak of the protests, the government took several decisions, which observers believed were aimed at defusing anger and calming the street, including the decision to reduce the value of reconciliation in construction violations, and extend the payment period until next month.