Hanging with Morsi Supporters at a Muslim Brotherhood Rally in Cairo
Yesterday, Egypt saw the culmination of the Tamarod Campaign, a massive petition calling for the impeachment of President Mohamed Morsi. In the year since Morsi was elected, the economy has plummeted,state security has largely retreated from the country’s streets, electricity cuts have increased, inflation has risen, and gas has become scarce. Now the country is in the grips of a confusing push and pull between supporters of Morsi’s government and the Muslim Brotherhood, those who had ties with the previous Mubarak regime and the left-leaning, loosely grouped anti-Morsi camp.
The latter group took to the streets last night in the largest Egyptian protest since 2011’s uprising. In anticipation of that, on Friday, Morsi supporters gathered at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City district. I headed down to see what exactly they were demonstrating about.
Arriving on bus or by foot, the largely male population traveled to the Square from throughout the country to rail against what many deem as threats to their religion and president. Despite calls for a peaceful rally, groups of protesters were patrolling the grounds, wearing helmets, and idly dragging wooden sticks “to protect our people,” one said.