On Monday, the Egyptian security forces had fired the tear gas & arrested groups of people to disperse the small protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, putting off what the activists had expected would be large demonstrations, said the witnesses & security sources.
Earlier this month, thousands infuriated by Sisi’s decision to hand over 2 islands to Saudia had called for his Govt. to fall in largest demonstration since former army general took office 2 years ago.
On Monday, the Security forces moved to avert a repeat scenario, blocking the roads in Cairo that leads to a central meeting point & dispersing a march in Dokki neighborhood with the tear gas, said a witness.
The Protesters said that the rallies were a symbol of the rising opposition.
“There’s a different kind of momentum that was not there for past 2 years,” said Mona Seif, the activist, adding that dispersion of the protests was reminiscent of early days of 2011 uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
“People were waving at us from balcony,” she said.
The Videos & pictures that were posted on the social media disclosed teargas being used at small protest drawing dozens in Imbaba district. Some chanted, “The people want the fall of regime” – that was a slogan from 2011 uprising.
Police in the recent days arrested over 90 people across 8 governorates, according to Egyptian Initiative for the Personal Rights, that is a human rights group based in Cairo.
The Interior Ministry said that it couldn’t provide a direct count for how many campaigners had been arrested.
About 2000 Sisi supporters had turned out for official celebrations at Abdeen Palace with families holding the placards that was adorned with president’s face and words “We trust you”.
The protests that took place as President Sisi faces criticism for govt. accord putting uninhabited Red Sea islands of Tiran & Sanafir in the Saudi waters.