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Friday protests to avoid Tahrir Square

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The National Coalition to Support Legitimacy calls on demonstrators to “avoid further bloodshed” while “retaining their right” to protest in Tahrir Square.

The military closed off Tahrir Square on Friday morning (Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

The military closed off Tahrir Square on Friday morning (Photo by Ahmed AlMalky/DNE)

The National Coalition to Support Legitimacy said on Thursday, that to avoid further bloodshed, Tahrir square will not be a destination in Friday’s protests while also blaming “coup authorities for Sunday’s clashes”.

The comments were made in a statement released early Friday morning amid a number of statements over the past week including calling on students to protest in universities last Tuesday.

In a statement released Wednesday the coalition called on Pro-Morsi demonstrators to head to Tahrir Square on Friday calling the day “Tahrir is to all Egyptians”. The statement released early Friday morning retracted that call.

The coalition called on “Friday’s demonstrators to avoid places that would cause more bloodshed, whether in Tahrir Square or elsewhere, while retaining the right of any Egyptian citizens to demonstrate in Tahrir Square, Raba’a Square and Nahda Square in the coming weeks”. The coalition stressed that “Friday’s protests will be limited to short rallies to increase pressure.”

The coalition addressed the 6th of October protests last Sunday, “congratulating demonstrators on reaching Tahrir Square” while highlighting that the demonstrators have “given their lives in the attempt to enter the square.”

Several protests were announced Friday, all commencing after noon prayer in different governorates including Cairo, Giza, Alexandria and Beni Suef. The military and Ministry of Interior deployed security forces in different roads leading to Tahrir Square, Raba’a square and Nahda Square.

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