On Thursday, calls to participate in the “Friday of Victory” demonstrations against the regime of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi escalated, and the killing of a young man by security forces in Luxor (south of the country) contributed to fueling them.
And a state of security alert and alert prevailed today, Thursday, on the eve of possible demonstrations called by the opposition contractor Muhammad Ali, in protest against economic conditions that culminated in a government campaign to demolish real estate under the pretext of building them without permits, unless heavy fines are paid.
Muhammad Ali – residing in Spain – issued a call to rally in the squares of Egypt, especially Tahrir Square (central Cairo) – under the name “Friday of Victory”, and said through a video clip on his Facebook account that a protest in Tahrir Square would convey the voice of the Egyptians’ anger to the world, unlike the demonstration In villages and hamlets in the governorates.
Muhammad Ali used to work as a representative and owned a contracting company working with the army, before he left Egypt and began uncovering incidents of corruption and waste of public money by Al-Sisi and a number of army leaders, then called for demonstrations on September 20, 2019, which caused clear embarrassment to the regime, before To repeat his call on 20 September.
In the past days, demonstrations took place in dozens of Egyptian villages and neighborhoods, but they were concentrated in Upper Egypt, rural areas and the outskirts of the capital, while there were no demonstrations in major cities or the heart of Cairo, especially Tahrir Square, which was the beating heart of the January 2011 revolution, which toppled the late President Hosni Mubarak after 30 years in power.
Tweeters and activists launched a hashtag entitled # Friday of Victory for the People of Egypt, which was remarkably popular with other hashtags against the authority, including # Al-Dakhiliyah_Beltia and # We are all Awais_Rawi, in reference to the Egyptian citizen who was killed in Luxor.
The killing of the narrator was shot dead by police forces yesterday, Wednesday, in the Awamiya area of Luxor Governorate, and the ensuing clashes between the police and protesting citizens. To fuel calls to demonstrate and increase tension.
Since yesterday, Wednesday, Egyptian tweeters have published video clips of bloody clashes between demonstrators and security forces, in protest at the killing of a young man named Aweys Al-Rawi by a gunshot to the head, due to his objection to his brother’s arrest and insulting his father.
This is the second incident of killing by the security forces in less than a month, as hundreds gathered in the al-Munib neighborhood (west of Cairo) on September 7, in protest against the killing of a young man, while the Public Prosecution at the time announced an investigation into the incident.
In a report issued two days ago, the Arab Foundation for Civil Society Support (an Egyptian non-governmental organization) monitored the outbreak of 164 protests within 8 days to demand the departure of Sisi, during which hundreds of demonstrators, including children, were arrested.
The report stated that the security forces arrested hundreds of demonstrators, including 68 children who were later released, while at least 150 demonstrators were investigated by State Security prosecutors (concerned with examining terrorism cases) on September 21.
He added that all those arrested are being investigated on basic charges. Such as joining a terrorist group, broadcasting and spreading rumors, false news and statements, and misusing communication means, and some of them were charged with funding and inciting to gather.
The authorities did not announce any arrests of demonstrators during the recent protests, but the local media spoke in separate news of arresting people in possession of incendiary devices for the purpose of causing riots, or inciting to block roads.
Since September 20, Egyptian governorates, cities and villages have witnessed night demonstrations demanding the departure of Sisi, in protest against the deteriorating living conditions and the blocking of the horizon for participation in political life.
Tweeters in Egypt interacted with the hashtag # Friday of Victory, with hundreds of video clips of the night demonstrations, amid a campaign of random arrests and searches of passers-by, in conjunction with the intensification of security restrictions in the main squares.
The media varied in estimating the size and spread of the demonstrations, as the government media considered them very limited, while the opposition media described them as “outrageous and breaking the barrier of fear.”