Supporters of Salafi preacher Hazem Salah Abu Ismail announced on Friday that they would stage a sit-in at Tahrir Square, while other Salafi forces rejected the call.
Abu Ismail called on Islamists and liberals both to sit-in until the supplementary constitutional declaration is abolished.
Abu Ismail released a statement saying: “This protest is not only for Islamists, but for all Egyptians from different affiliations. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces has granted itself sovereignty over the people by issuing the supplementary constitutional delcaration.”
The Nour Party rejected the sit-in because it did not have time to gather members for the protest, deputy party head Sayed Mostafa said.
Salafi Front spokesperson Khaled Saeed said that the front refuses to participate in the sit-in because it cannot bear the financial burden.
Protesters gathered in downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square Friday to participate in a protest called for by Islamists to support President Mohamed Morsy.
The preacher of the Omar Makram Mosque in Tahrir said during his Friday sermon that the Egyptian people will defend legitimacy and do not accept guardianship over the elected president from the military, the judiciary, or any other body.
Sheikh Mazhar Shahin said that protesters are announcing from the square of the revolution and the martyrs that they do not accept the supplementary constitutional declaration.
Shahin called on the “conscious Egyptian people” to guard the revolution and protect the elected president from people who want him to fail and who seek to drive the country into a civil war.
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