Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Friday 20th small and rare protests in Video : They are real

Some Pro-regime supporters in Egypt say that the videos of those anti-president small and rare protests of Friday were fabricated and fake but they were actually real.

Already if there were no protests then what those 1298 people arrested on Friday and detained doing in the streets !? According to the Egyptian Center for Economic and Social Rights “ECESR” at least 1298 people were detained in September 2019 across the country.

The protesters in Tahrir square
The protesters in Tahrir square
Those people or detainees are accused of illegal “protesting” so how come there were no protests.

There were small protests in different parts of Egypt including Cairo’s iconic Tahrir square on 20 Friday 2019 against current President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi and there is video to prove that.

They were called for by current self-exiled whistleblower and former longtime army contractor Mohamed Ali from Barcelona to put an end for Sisi’s rule.

These videos have been authenticated and verified as original and not fake or old. The videos show how those small protests actually continued until the early hours of the morning.

It is true that some Pro-Muslim Brotherhood social media accounts used old protests’ photos and videos as if they were shot on 20 Friday 2019 but soon enough they debunked.
Anyhow here are the videos after the break.

From Cairo’s Tahrir square

Here is the short yet important TV reported of BBC Arabic reporter Sally Nabil from the heart of the protest on Friday.

Just like those protesters, Nabil and her cameraperson are being praised their bravery but to do your job as you should in Egypt as a journalist has its price nowadays.
Several journalists were arrested especially in Tahrir square while doing their job.
On Saturday, the news confirmed that BBC Arabic was blocked in Egypt. 

On Monday, Ahram Online reported that Head of the Supreme Council for Media Regulations (SCMR) Makram Mohamed Ahmed told the BBC that the SCMR was not notified officially about the blocked websites, though he confirmed that the websites were blocked due to inaccurate coverage of the demonstrations on Friday and Saturday.
On Tuesday, BBC websites were blocked in Egypt.
That protest was dispersed by security forces and people recorded from October bridge what happened to it.

Another scattered group protesters chanting “The people want to down the regime” under the October bridge in Al-Galaa area near Hilton Ramsis Hotel and Boulaq Abu Ela.

The streets leading to Tahrir Square in Downtown Cairo heard once again “The people want to topple the regime”
There were protesters who ran across the streets of Downtown Cairo as the protests were dispersed.

Another angle, this time the protesters were near the Nile Corniche.

Tahrir square is still the Mecca of protesters and revolutionaries in Egypt. It is the place to send a message to the regime as well as the rest of the republic. People have not forgotten this neither did the Egyptian regime.

Currently, Tahrir square is under huge security surveillance where many reported online that their mobile phones are being inspected by plain-clothed policemen.

Interestingly those short and small protests that erupted right after the Super football game on Friday happened in other places

From Cairo’s Shubra

The working-class Shubra also witnessed a small protest.

From Cairo’s Al-Manial

مظاهرة بشارع المنيل
◾المكان: شارع المنيل- القاهرة ◾التوقيت: 1:33 بعد منتصف الليل. ◾الوضع الآن: المتظاهرون في طريقهم إلى كوبري عباس. تصوير: مراسل المنصة.
Posted by ‎المنصة‎ on Friday, September 20, 2019

From October bridge

مظاهرة أعلى كوبري أكتوبر
◾المكان: أعلى كوبري أكتوبر- إتجاه منطقة العجوزة ◾التوقيت: ١١:٣٥ مساء الجمعة ◾الوضع الآن: تم تفريق المظاهرة بقنبلة غاز تصوير: مصطفى بهجت
Posted by ‎المنصة‎ on Friday, September 20, 2019

From Giza’s Sphinx square in Mohendessin

Dahaqliya’s Mansoura

This is a true total surprise because Mansoura does not have protests history like other cities in Egypt. 

It made history when the protesters tore one the Pro-Sisi big protesters at the square they were protesting in a scene that reminded many when the protesters in Mahalla tore down the poster of Hosni Mubarak on 25 January 2011.

There were clashes between the protesters and security forces as it seems from that video.

Gharbia’s Mahalla

The famous labor city with long history of protests joined the wave unsurprisingly.
It is worth to mention that from time to time there are rumors in Mahalla labor society that its famous state-owned textile factories are going to be privatized. Those rumors are usually debunked by the government which says that it allocated billions to upgrade and modernized those factories.


The cradle of the January revolution shared in the protests on two days in a row.
Again the economy plays a role in Suez with a high unemployment rate equal to 22.3% in 2018.
Ali renewed on Saturday the call for a million-man protest next Friday across Egypt to force Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to resign.
Those are the biggest protests Egypt would have seen since the Tiran and Sanafir protests on 25 April 2016.


Another surprise to me is the protest in Damietta. 

Protesters also tore a big poster for President El-Sisi and what I see from the videos there that their ages are so young.

According to the people from Damietta online, it is also the economy. It sounds strange because Damietta has always had the lowest rate of unemployment in Egypt for years but it seems it can't escape the new economic and development policies. 

Many point out to the impact of the new Damietta City Furniture on the local industry of furniture and that the city planned by the government and built by the army's engineering authority forced many furniture workshops to close down.


 Here was another protest in Alexandria recorded on Camera

According to lawyers, hundreds of people have been arrested alone from Cairo’s Tahrir square that Friday and currently detained for protesting without permits.

For the record, indeed protests are “rare” action nowadays especially for outsiders due to the legal and security crackdown but they are not that rare and if you follow Egyptian Chronicles, you know that from time to time Egyptian people protest.

They do not usually protest for freedom and political rights but they protest to defend for instance their homes against displacements like in the case of Al-Warraq island. 

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