After longtime rulers of Sudan and Algeria were removed as a result of popular protests, the Arab world is now has set its eyes on Egypt, where streets are filled with protesters who want President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to resign.
Egypt as the second country involved in the Arab Spring, which has been a pioneer of cyber-based civilian protests, has now turned into a platform for protests against President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi on social media for the past two days.
Friday night following an Internet call Cairo and several Egyptian cities have witnessed hundreds of protests, it is said that despite the low number of protesters, they were targeted by the security forces and some have been arrested.
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In an interview with Egypt’s MBC network, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry reiterated that provocative appeals were rejected and would not work.
This provocation inside Egypt will receive no response, and it represents a covert hatred for Egypt’s achievements over the past five years.
On the other hand, during the second night of unrest in Egypt, protesters in the northern city of Sues Bay faced a situation similar to that of Cairo protesters when they were unable to continue their protests due to a large number of security forces in Tahrir Square.
Similarly, they also shed tears on tears gas bullets of the police and experienced the fear of the baton and bullets of the security forces in their hearts.
According to the French Press Agency, on the second night of protests in Egypt, al-Tahrir Square protesters, who were backed by opposition parties such as the Muslim Brotherhood after Friday night’s demonstrations, failed to conquer Tahrir Square again.
Because hours before the evening, which was the time of protests, security forces by stationing in the 55,000-square-meter Tahrir Square, not allowed protestors to begin protest. Hundreds of protesters who were able to take to the streets in Suez city faced an iron fist of security forces.
According to one Suez protester, Egyptian security forces fired rubber and plastic bullets at the protesters in the city and tried to disperse the crowd by tear gas. They eventually beat people by batons when they saw the resistance of the protesters.
A Suez resident also said: “The number of tear gas cannons that the police were throwing was so high that I noticed it in my home which is located a few kilometers away, and my eyes and nose started burning”
He said that from the balcony of his house he saw youths who were running to save their lives.
On the second night of Egyptian protests, with the exception of Suez, protesters in Giza and the Kobra neighborhood were also able to take to the streets to protest against the economic situation and the corruption of politicians.
Meanwhile, the Al Jazeera news site, which has been barred from working in Egypt since the 2014 protests in Egypt, reported that videos posted on social media show that a number of critics of the Egyptian government living in New York wore scarves and hats along with their compatriots and came to the streets of the city to protest. T
hey marched to Abdul Fattah el-Sisi’s residence in New York to attend a UN General Assembly meeting and chanted slogans against him.
At the same time, with these people, a number of Sisi critics in Washington rallied in front of the White House and urge the US president to stop supporting the Egyptian president. They demanded that Sisi leave the US as soon as possible.
In Toronto, Canada, Egyptians also condemned Sisi’s policies by organizing rallies against him And they supported the demonstrations that took place throughout Egypt on Friday.
The protests spark sparked when Egyptian businessman and actor Mohammed Ali released a series of videos online that accused Egyptian leaders of wasting national money on luxury accommodation and expensive hotels, while many Egyptians are living in poverty.
He called online for street protests and a few days later, on a plane on the Spanish route, he urged Egyptians to take to the streets to protest against corruption.
According to the Financial Times, although Sisi denied Ali’s claim and said the allegations were baseless lies aimed at undermining the nation and the people’s confidence in the army and the president, but the revelations of the Egyptian businessman appear to have been effective. Egypt’s Al-Esteghlal Party, as the first party of this country, called on people to demonstrate against Sisi next Tuesday.
The highlight of the new round of protests is its expansion into the Egyptian army, a department which has played a key role in the developments of the past years, including the coup of Sisi. Yesterday, a group of former army officers under the name of “Egyptian Officers Front” supported popular protests to overthrow Sisi’s rule in the country.