- Middle East/North Africa
Dozens of revolutionary coalitions and political groups in Ismailia marched from the city's Mamar Square to areas affiliated with the Suez Canal Authority, just a few hours before the president is scheduled to visit.
Demonstrators also blocked the city railways and stopped a train coming from Port Said Governorate, protesting the president's visit. Train movement halted for more than two hours, and some passengers opted to leave the train and find other transportation.
Protesters shouted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood such as "Down with the guide's rule," referring to Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie. Governorate security leaders moved to the scene to try to convince protesters to disperse, but protesters refused to leave until the president cancels his visit.
But by the time protesters blocked the railway, Morsy had already arrived in Ismailia.
Protesters also prevented a bus transporting a military musical band from reaching the canal authority for two hours. The band was expected make a performance welcoming Morsy. Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that the band returned to the command of the 2nd Field Army after being unable to enter the authority.
Earlier, demonstrators had torn banners welcoming Morsy and called for a protest outside the canal authority building during his visit.