The Anti-Coup Alliance called on the youth to continue their revolutionary momentum, after one protester died and police said it arrested dozens of “rioters” during protests on Friday.
The alliance, a coalition made up of parties and groups that support ousted president Mohamed Morsi, called for a partial strike on Saturday, 30 August in preparation for a civil disobedience. It said in a Friday statement that while the alliance is seeking to achieve its goals and demands, it is also monitoring the situation in Palestine.
It added that the “revolutionary Egyptian people” continue their struggle to take back their revolution, freedom and dignity, as well as support the “resilient” Palestinian people.
The alliance cited the death of a female protester on Friday as an example of the “sacrifices” and “persistence” offered by Egyptian families. The deceased protester is reportedly a widow of one of the protesters killed during the dispersal of the pro-Morsi Rabaa Al-Adaweya encampment in August 2013.
Forensics Authority Spokesman Hisham Abdel Hamid said there was only one death during the protests, that of a woman from the Ain Shams neighbourhood in Cairo.
The Ministry of Interior said in a statement on Friday evening that the through its security follow ups of the calls for assembling by the “terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organisation,” it monitored dozens of Brotherhood members gathering outside mosques in the governorates of Cairo, Giza, Qaliubiya, Beheira, Alexandria, Fayoum, Assiut and Minya.
Police dispersed the protests, arresting 35 nationwide.
Among the groups that form the Anti-Coup Alliance is the Muslim Brotherhood, which was designated a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government last December. Ever since Morsi’s ouster on 3 July 2013 the Brotherhood has been subject to a crackdown by authorities and many of its leading figures have been arrested or put on trial, including Morsi.
Last September, the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities were banned by an urgent matters court.