Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, many of whom staged demonstrations in different parts of Egypt on Friday, appeared to support calls for planned mass protests on November 28, initiated by Egypt's pro-Morsi Salafist Front.
Protesters in several provinces held flyers calling for a planned "Muslim youth uprising" next Friday.
Earlier this month, the Salafist Front – a subcomponent of the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy – called for an "Islamic uprising" on November 28 with the aim of ending "military rule" and maintaining "Egypt's [Islamic] identity."
Following the protest calls, security forces arrested leading Salafist Front member Ahmed Mawlana.
Calls for an "Islamic uprising," the first to be explicitly made in Egypt, have angered some that back Egypt's current army-backed authorities.
Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim has said that security forces were "ready to abort any such calls for riots by extremists," in reference to the planned rallies.
The pro-Morsi alliance has continued to organize regular rallies to protest last year's ouster of Mohamed Morsi – Egypt's first freely elected president – by the army.
Security forces, however, usually disperse the rallies by force amid an ongoing crackdown on Morsi's supporters – and dissent in general – which has left hundreds of protesters dead and thousands behind bars.
Last Mod: 21 Kasım 2014, 16:14