World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian authorities beefed up security measures on Friday ahead of planned rallies by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.
For the last 157 days, anti-coup demonstrators have staged rallies on an almost daily basis to denounce what they describe as the July 3 "military coup" that unseated Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.
Army and police forces intensified security measures around Cairo's Tahrir Square with armored vehicles deployed to entry points to the iconic square.
Tight security measures were also put in place in the Ramses Square and Rabia al-Adawiya Square, the site of a six-week sit-in that was violently cleared by security forces in mid-August, killing hundreds.
Similar security measures were taken in the coastal city of Alexandria and the canal provinces of Suez, Ismailia and Port Said.
Friday's rallies were called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, as part of a series of weeklong activities held under the banner "The revolution is the decision-maker."
"We confirm that the revolutionaries will win," the anti-coup group asserted in a Thursday statement.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely-elected civilian head of state, was removed from office on July 3 by the military following mass protests against his presidency.Last Mod: 06 Aralık 2013, 11:50