The warm-up for mass rallies for the Egyptian president’s one year anniversary in office are in full-swing in the capital. Cairo’s Tahrir Square reverberated with the sound of protesters chanting “Morsi leave”.
Some of his opponents made their feelings about his leadership clear: “We are here today because President Mohammed Morsi is a killer, we are here to bring back the rights of our country, because President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood destroyed the country,” declared one anti-Morsi activist.
The presidential palace has been barricaded with concrete blocks and steel walls. For the last week, bloody battles have left five dead in the run-up to the demos. Many fear an escalation in violence as the weekend approaches.
Elsewhere in Cairo, his supporters rallied to his side outside the Rabia el-Adawiya mosque.
“God willing, we are ready for the rally on June 30, to denounce violence in all its forms. We will not leave the place until the legitimacy of the president is confirmed,” said one pro-Morsi protester.
Euronews correspondent in Cairo Mohammed Shaikibrahim said: “Egypt is experiencing a strong polarisation of opinion which manifests itself in demonstrations of force by the two camps who have taken to the streets, each side wanting their side of the story heard. All of this is happening against a backdrop of fear that the protests could turn bloody.”