A march of hundreds of opponents to President Mohamed Morsy, coming from Al-Gama’ Square in Heliopolis, joined protesters outside the presidential palace on Friday afternoon.
Political activist Mamdouh Hamza, accompanied by a truck loaded with loudspeakers, also arrived at the palace. The protesters hung the loudspeakers on light posts. The demonstrators are protesting the 22 constitutional declaration and the draft constitution.
According to state-run Al-Ahram newspaper’s website, a number of protesters removed the barbed wire set up by the Presidential Guards and got closer to the palace, which the guards allowed. They said they would not clash with the protesters so long as the demonstration remains peaceful.
A march from Tahrir Square to the presidential palace was joined by another one that began at Fatah Mosque in Ramses Square. Other protests started in Sayeda Zeinab and Matareya.
Hundreds marched from Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandiseen to the presidential palace to participate in the demonstration, dubbed “Red Card,” a reference to a football penalty removing players from the game.
The Constitution Party and the Popular Current participated in the march. “This afternoon, Morsy is out of the palace” and “O Brother, you are the second NDP [Hosni Mubarak’s National Democratic Party],” they chanted.
The protesters carried banners saying, “Leave.” One of the them raised an image of a bearded man sitting on the word “revolution,” a reference to the belief that Islamists hijacked the revolution. A number of cars and passersby waved Egyptian flags and victory signs to encourage the protesters. Two ambulances accompanied the march.
Protesters in Tahrir Square announced that a march would head to the palace from Abdel Moneim Riyadh Street, while a number of demonstrators would remain in the square to protect the ongoing sit-in, Al-Masry Al-Youm reported.
A march from Abbasseya set off toward the palace after Friday prayers to protest President Mohamed Morsy ignoring demonstrators’ demands during his Thursday evening speech. Protesters also gathered at Raba’a al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City in preparation for a march toward the palace.
A number of demonstrators congregated in front of the concrete wall constructed by security forces on Merghany Street, intended to prevent protesters from approaching the palace, state-run news service MENA reported.
Others gathered in front of the barbed wire on Ibrahim Allaqani Street near the palace, as the Presidential Guards and Central Security Forces intensified their presence at the back entrances to the palace.
Protests have been ongoing over the last weeks demanding the cancelation of the constitutional declaration and postponement of the constitutional draft referendum, slated for 15 December.
Thursday night, the Presidential Guards set up barbed wire around the vicinity of the palace in addition to putting up the wall on Merghany Street, the main street leading to the palace.