- Middle East/North Africa
Protests against the constitutional referendum are planned to be staged in Tahrir Square, the presidential palace and Abdeen Palace on Tuesday.
In addition to protesting President Mohamed Morsy calling for a public referendum on the constitution draft approved by the Constituent Assembly last week, the rallies would also call for the dissolution of the Islamist-dominated assembly and the cancellation of Morsy’s 22 November decree granting himself wide-ranging powers and exemption from judicial oversight.
Opposition forces plan to stage marches from Mostafa Mahmoud and Estiqama mosques in Giza to Tahrir, and from Raba’a al-Adaweya Square in Eastern Cairo to the presidential palace in Heliopolis. Some protesters in Tahrir would also march to Abdeen Palace.
Popular Current spokesperson Hossam Moanes said that several political figures would take part in the march to the presidential palace.
Mahmoud Afify, spokesperson for the April 6 Youth Movement Ahmed Maher Front, said marches from Nour Mosque in Abbasseya, Matareya Square, Saray al-Qubba and Ain Shams University will meet in Raba’a al-Adaweya, then head to the presidential palace.
“The Muslim Brotherhood takes advantage of Egyptians being kind and emotional, like what happened in the Cairo University protest,” Afify said. “They rallied the poor from all the governorates to chant slogans without thinking.”
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm