Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters gathered in the heart of Cairo’s Nasr City will soon be dispersed according to information received by Egyptian Streets.
Egypt’s Armed Forces, the Ministry of Interior and the General Intelligence Service are currently planning the dispersion, which should come “very soon,” a security source told Egyptian Streets on the condition of anonymity.
The source stated that the sit-in by the Morsi supporters in Rabaa Al-Adaweya has hampered local business, disturbed residents, created traffic chaos in the area, and that “there is a limit to peaceful protests…anywhere in the world, you cannot shut down a major intersection for weeks or even days at a time.”
Furthermore, the source added that the dispersion will allow security forces to arrest wanted Islamists and to prevent further incitement by “certain groups,” adding that “there are many people in the sit-in that wish to leave, but are threatened or paid to remain.” It is unclear exactly how security forces will move to disperse the sit-in.
Shortly following Morsi’s toppling, senior Muslim Brotherhood members, including Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie, addressed the tens of thousands of supporters and declared that the Military’s removal of Morsi amounted to a “coup d’état” and that “legitimacy must be restored” by challenging the Military’s moves.
Reports have indicated that arrest warrants have been issued for Mr. Badie and other leading Islamists, but security forces are yet to make such arrests. Nevertheless, more than 10 leading figures of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat El-Shater, have been arrested and are currently being investigated over incitement and defamation of the judiciary.
In recent days, members of the dissolved Islamist-dominated Shura Council and the former government have been convening and holding ‘parliamentary sessions’ in Rabaa Al-Adaweya. During their last session, the dissolved council stated that they had formed a fact-finding mission into recent violence, which will soon prove that “security forces are killing peaceful protesters.”
Meanwhile, local residents living near Rabaa Al-Adaweya have warned the demonstrators that they will “stage their own protest.” The residents have complained that the demonstration has interrupted their daily routine.
Morsi supporters commenced their demonstration at Rabaa Al-Adaweya on June 29 and declared an open-ended sit-in following Morsi’s toppling on July 3rd.