Nighttime protests commemorate Rabia dispersal

Egyptians marked the Rabia al-Adawiya massacre with nighttime protests.

Nighttime protests commemorate Rabia dispersal

World Bulletin / News Desk

Anti-coup protesters staged nighttime rallies across Egypt on Sunday to commemorate the passage of 100 days since the violent dispersal of two sit-ins by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Demonstrators marched through different districts of the capital Cairo to Al-Qoba presidential palace.

They chanted slogans against the security forces brutality against pro-Morsi protesters in Cairo's Rabia al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square.

"Rabia will always be in our hearts," "Rabia will never die," and "Rabia is the symbol of our perseverance," chanted the demonstrators.

The anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has called for mass protests on Sunday to mark the passage of 100 days since the mid-August's bloody dispersal of the two protest camps in Rabia al-Adawiya and Nahda squares.

On August 14, Egyptian security forces used force to disperse the pro-Morsi protesters, leaving hundreds killed and thousands injured.

Morsi was ousted by Egypt's military on July 3 following massive demonstrations against his presidency.

CONTROVERSIAL LAW

In Giza, protesters lined on the two sides of the main al-Haram Street flashing the now-famous Rabia sign.

They lashed out at the new controversial protest law which will come into effect on Monday.

Earlier today, Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour signed into law a controversial bill to regulate "public assemblies, processions, and peaceful protests."

The controversial law sets a jail term and huge fines for people who stage sit-ins, disrupt public order, block the road or hamper traffic.

Egypt's military-installed authorities say the legislation is needed to restore law and order.

Several political parties and independent rights organizations have blasted the bill saying it gives authorities free rein to suppress freedom of assembly.

Anti-coup activists also organized a rally in the up-scale neighborhood Mohandeseen.

In the coastal city of Alexandria, protesters carried pictures of Morsi and the yellow Rabia signs.

They chanted slogans against army chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy vowed to continue demonstrating against the ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi despite a new controversial protest law issued earlier on Sunday.

"Egyptians who have stunned the world with their perseverance and steadfastness will not be cowed by such draconian laws," Magdi Qurqur, Secretary-General of the Independence Party and a senior figure of the pro-Morsi bloc, told Anadolu Agency.

"We will continue demonstrating," he said defiantly.

 

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