Egypt: Military Supporters May Be Planning Large Rally, Tahrir Square Blocked Off By Tanks

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Owen Poindexter
Tahrir Square, where both supporters and protestors of the Egyptian military were planning rallies after Friday prayers, has been emptied and closed off by the Egyptian military. Photos now depict an eerily vacant Tahrir Square.

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A photo of Tahrir Square in Cairo on Friday evening shows it to be mostly empty. The military blocked protestors from entering the square with tanks. PHOTO: iFalasteen, Twitter

Tahrir Square, where both supporters and protestors of the Egyptian military were planning rallies after Friday prayers, has been emptied and closed off by the Egyptian military. Photos now depict an eerily vacant Tahrir Square.

Photographer Michael Campbell reported that supporters of the Egyptian military had planned a rally in Tahrir Square for Friday. On the same day, the Muslim Brotherhood called for a national “Day of Rage” to express outrage over the assault on protestors. The protestors are not all supporters of Mohammed Morsi, according to Campbell and other corroborating reports, but some are simply demanding that democracy be respected in Egypt—Morsi is Egypt’s first democratically elected president.

What seems to be happening now is that pro-military supporters are also taking to the streets in Egypt, creating an environment primed for more violence. Reports of plain-clothes Egyptians shooting into crowds of protestors against the military have caused confusion over whether vigilante supporters of the military have already taken to attacking protestors, or if these shooters were members of the military.

The status of the planned rally for supporters of the military is unclear, but a confrontation between two large rallies of protestors would almost certainly result in scores if not hundreds of deaths.

Both Campbell and other sources have reported that the protestors are mostly or entirely unarmed, and that the fight between the protestors and the military is a complete mismatch, with the protestors using their voices and the military responding with their guns.

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Protestors in Egypt near a recent explosion. PHOTO: Michael Campbell.

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