World Bulletin/News Desk
A coalition of Islamist groups and figures calling for the reinstatement of ousted president Mohamed Morsi said it plans to join demonstrations next week marking the second anniversary of the Mohamed Mahmoud Street clashes in Cairo, in which dozens of people were killed while protesting against military rule.
The Pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy plans to mark the occasion with massive protests, Alaa Abul-Nasr, a leader of the Gamaa Islamiya's Building and Development Party, said in press statements.
"The alliance is still studying plans to commemorate the occasion," he added, without elaborating.
Jihad to take part
The ultra-conservative Jihad group has also said that it plans to join demonstrations.
"We will join other political forces in the planned protests to remind the Interior Ministry that excesses by police, which had been one of the driving factors behind the 2011 uprising, have returned," Mohamed Abu Samra, a Jihad leader, told Anadolu Agency.
"We will only raise the Egyptian flag. No other banners, including the Rabaa sign, will be raised," he said, referring to the bright yellow logo that has become a symbol of solidarity with hundreds of supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi killed in a bloody August crackdown.
Next week's planned demonstrations, Abu Samra believes, could represent an opportunity for Egypt's multifarious political trends to close ranks.
Morsi supporters consider the Islamist leader's July 3 ouster by the army as a "military coup" against an elected president. Pro-military groups, meanwhile, justify the move as an expression of the Egyptian "popular will" based on the mass anti-Morsi demonstrations that preceded his ouster.
On November 19, 2011, clashes erupted in downtown Cairo between protesters opposed to Egypt's then-ruling Supreme Military Council – which took power following Hosni Mubarak's ouster – and security forces.
The next several days witnessed heavy street fighting on Cairo's Mohamed Mahmoud Street, which leads from the iconic Tahrir Square to Interior Ministry headquarters.
Around 50 protesters were killed in the violence.Last Mod: 13 Kasım 2013, 12:15