Exiled political opponent and businessman Mohamed Ali has called for further nationwide protests on Friday, September 27, against President Fattah el-Sisi's government and overall corruption in the country. Ali has called for "[one] million" anti-government protesters to participate across the country.
Although the exact times and locations of the protests were not immediately available, protesters are expected to gather in major urban centers across the country, including in Cairo. As of Wednesday, September 25, it is unclear how well attended the gatherings will be. Heightened security measures are anticipated in major urban areas, particularly in the capital. Associated traffic disruptions are also expected. Security forces may use force to disperse crowds that do gather for the demonstrations. Clashes between protesters and security forces cannot be ruled out.
Several protests have taken place in Egypt since September 20, calling for President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's resignation over corruption allegations following a call for demonstrations by Mohamed Ali, currently in exile in Spain. Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, Matareya, and Suez. On September 21 and 22, demonstrators clashed with security forces in Suez, with police attempting to disperse crowds with tear gas, rubber bullets, and live ammunition. At least 500 people have been arrested in several Egyptian cities and towns - notably in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, and Suez - since the demonstrations began on September 20.
Individuals in Egypt are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all demonstrations as a precaution, anticipate a heightened security presence and transportation isruptions near protests, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.
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