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27 Sep 2019 | 08:32 AM UTC

Egypt: Heightened tensions ahead of nationwide planned protests September 27 /update 4

Egypt News Alert

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi calls for pro-government protests to counter planned opposition demonstrations on September 27; heightened security measures and disruptions expected

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/27/2019, 12:00 AM until 9/30/2019, 11:59 PM (Africa/Cairo). COUNTRY/REGION Egypt

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Event

On Thursday, September 26, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has called for his supporters to organize protests across the country on Friday, September 27, as anti-government demonstrations are set to take place nationwide on the same day. Loyal political parties as well as parliament members have reportedly been ordered to mobilize Sissi's supporters, notably among the youth.

Exiled political opponent and businessman Mohamed Ali has called for further nationwide protests on Friday, 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.

Heightened security measures are anticipated in major urban areas, particularly in the capital. The Egyptian Ministry of Interior has reportedly warned it will confront "any attempt to destabilize the country with decisiveness". Thus, clashes between protesters and security forces are likely. According to local NGOs, at least 1900 people, including protesters, journalists, and political activists have been arrested in several Egyptian cities and towns - notably in Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, and Suez - since the demonstrations began on September 20.

Context

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. 

Advice

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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