The Interior Ministry and prominent Salafi leaders have warned against protests called for by Islamist groups opposed to the incumbent regime slated for 28 November as some proponents of the demonstrations vow an “Islamic revolution.”
The opposition Salafi Front, a breakaway from the mainstream regime-leaning Salafi Daawa, has called for protests on 28 November against the government that toppled former Islamist president Mohamed Morsy. Its senior members had said they have plans to confront police during the planned protests.
Hany Abdel Latif, spokesperson for the Ministry of Interior, said security would “strictly” face any violation of the law or any threat to police facilities . He told Tahrir satellite channel late Sunday that the forces would use “armed force” if the situation requires. He added that the police acts in accordance with the law and “does not seek revenge against individuals or specific groups.”
Meanwhile, Ansar al-Sunnah Society, one of the most influential Salafi groups, has demanded people to ignore the calls for protests. In a statement on Sunday, the organization urged Egyptians not to respond to the call for the “sinful” demonstrations, as the statement put it, arguing that its call seeks to preserve unity and and stability.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm