- Middle East/North Africa
Supporters of former presidential candidate Hazem Salah Abu Ismail continued their sit-in outside of Media Production City for the fourth day to demand the “cleansing of the media of certain talk show hosts.”
They canceled a mass demonstration that was planned for Monday in order to avoid confrontations with what they called “thugs” intending to sabotage state institutions.
The protesters moved from Gate Four to the main gate, prompting the police to increase their presence out of fear they would storm the studios.
They put up 150 tents, with some of them sleeping on mattresses in the park and covering their faces from the cold. A tent caught fire when a protester lit wood for heating, but the fire was controlled.
The demonstrators also built five brick bathrooms in the park and connected them to the sewage network.
They formed inspection committees and human shields on both sides of the road, carrying banners supporting President Mohamed Morsy and the 15 December referendum on the draft constitution.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm