Mursi supporters rally at Alexandria mosque, opponents at Sidi Gaber

Friday 26-07-2013 03:12 PM
Mursi supporters rally at Alexandria mosque, opponents at Sidi Gaber

Anti-Mursi protesters in Alexandria on November 27, 2012 in Mansheya, Alexandria - Aswat Masriya


Several thousands of deposed president Mohamed Mursi's supporters rallied at al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque in Alexandria after Friday noon prayer to participate in demonstrations calling for Mursi's return.

The demonstrators waved Egypt's flags and carried pictures for Mursi and banners saying "No to the military coup".

One demonstrator carried a puppet hanging by the neck with army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi's face on it.

In Sidi Gaber Square, thousands of pro-army demonstrators gathered in response to Sisi's invitation for mass demonstrations on Friday to mandate the army to combat violence and terrorism.

The anti-Mursi demonstrators carried pictures of Sisi as they chanted "Down with the rule of the Brotherhood's Guide".

Some Sidi Gaber residents divided themselves into vigilante groups to secure the demonstrators in case of any attempt to barge into the square.

Sidi Gaber lately witnessed acts of violence that left dozens dead and hundreds injured during clashes between supporters and opponents of Mursi.

In a speech he gave two days ago, Defense Minister Sisi urged Egyptians to take to the streets on Friday to provide the army with a popular mandate to fight terrorism. 

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