Egypt Prepares For More Confrontation as Muslim Brotherhood Rallies
The stage is set for more clashes between protestors and government forces in Egypt Friday, as the Muslim Brotherhood calls for supporters to take to the streets of Cairo once again.
One day after deposed leader Hosni Mubarak was released from prison and placed on house arrest at a military hospital, members of the Muslim Brotherhood prepared for a large demonstration in the country's capital city.
The Brotherhood called for rallies in Cairo Friday in an effort to show continued opposition to the July 3 ousting of then-president Mohammed Morsi, a Brotherhood member.
Friday's rallies will be the first since the Egyptian government struck at the protestor's core, arresting the Brotherhood's spiritual leader and supreme guide Mohammed Badie. The Brotherhood did not not include Mubarak's release as a cause for the rally, but many have speculated that freeing the former leader while Morsi remains in custody indefinitely would spark a response from his supporters.
The continued protests, which included two large opposition camps set up in Cairo, led to a large-scale government crackdown on the protestors that left more than 1,000 dead and Egypt operating under a state of emergency. The intense and violent dispersal of pro Morsi supporters seemingly had the desired effect, ebbing the stream of large protestor demonstrations in Cairo until Friday.
Egyptian forces readied themselves for the demonstration by arresting senior Brotherhood leaders and spokesmen prior to the Friday rallies. Egyptian authorities deployed forces Friday morning shutting down traffic to Tahrir square and setting up barbed wire at some main entrances. The government also moved in armored cars to protect the presidential palace and guard the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, one of the strongholds of the protestors weeks-long sit in.