Friday protests against Morsy, poor economy sweep nation

Thousands across the nation took to the streets on Friday to protest against deteriorating economic conditions under the rule of President Mohamed Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood.

In Port Said, around 3,000 Ultras Masrawy staged a march on 23 July Street in the Monakh neighborhood, protesting the deadly clashes of 26 January 2013. They chanted slogans against Morsy and the televised speech he delivered Thursday evening, saying that his statement did not give any solutions to the problem. The protesters declared they would continue civil disobedience against the Morsy administration. They also denounced the delegation of Port Said residents that met with Morsy in Cairo on Thursday, putting their names on a banner and labeling them as traitors.

Dozens of unemployed youth and revolutionary forces protested in Suez on Friday afternoon, taking to Arbaeen Square to demand more jobs and the sacking of the Suez governor. They chanted against Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood, saying, "Unemployment remains the same, down with the Brothers' authority.”

The protesters stressed they would continue to demonstrate until the goals of the revolution were achieved.

In Alexandria, dozens protested in front of the Al-Qaed Ibrahim Mosque after Friday prayers, demanding the dissolution of Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's Cabinet. Protesters were divided into two marches. The first called for a national salvation government to run the country and to hold early presidential elections, while the second called for a military coup against Morsy. The second march headed to the northern military region, chanting,"The people want the army anew," and "The people and the army are one hand."

In Gharbiya, dozens of activists staged a protest outside the governorate's headquarters in Shohada Square in Tanta to demand the fall of the Muslim Brotherhood, and to demand retribution for the death of activist Mohamed al-Gendy. CSF troops and armored vehicles were deployed in anticipation of potential violence.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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