Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi plan to remain gathered in the Rabeaa Adaweya district of Cairo – in protest at his removal from power by the military on July 3.
Safwat Hegazi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, told euronews: “If the Egyptian people accept this and the whole world accepts this – a military coup against democracy and an elected civilian president – it is a shame for the entire world.”
Mursi draws support from members of the Brotherhood, and several other Islamist parties and groups.
Euronews correspondent Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reported from Cairo: “The Islamist parties gathered in the Egyptian capital plan to pursue a sit-in protest. They believe that the real revolution has only just begun and they’ll resist until the very last moment.”
“After several attempts to enter the square where the Muslim Brotherhood supporters were protesting, in an area of Cairo called Rabea Adaweya, we finally managed after taking small back streets and alleys and bypassing the barriers of the Egyptian army, which had put tanks at the entrances and exits of the square. It was four o’clock in the morning by the time we had got there.
“The Egyptian army was preventing anybody from getting in or out of the square, and some demonstrators there, some of whom were wounded, told us that they been attacked twice during the night by unknown people who opened fire on them. They told us that the Egyptian army was arresting any protester trying to leave the square on to go home; some leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood were present in the square, and they got protection from the demonstrators when the army began looking for them. So they appear to consider the square as a shelter.
“The protesters welcomed me, and told me that Euronews was the first channel to penetrate the security barriers and get access to the area; they asked us to show clearly to our viewers what’s going in, to show the fact they are still there, and to show they are surrounded by the army, that they are forbidden from communicating with the outside world after the Egyptian army shut off all the Muslims Brotherhood’s TV channels. The pro-government protesters in the square appeared extremely fatigued, they say due lack of sleep. There was also a look of extreme sadness on their faces because of the departure of Mursi. We saw many people crying and asking the God to help them.”