- Posted August 16, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Protests in Egypt: Your experiences
Anti-Coup protests in Assiut
At the beginning of the demonstration, the organizers announced through microphones that the demonstrators should be vigilant to any one trying to incite violence or raid stores or public property since there is a strong belief that part of the rioting that happened on Wednesday during protests against the massacre was carried out by security forces (in plain cloths) and their thugs in a plan to defame the demonstrators.
The demonstration started moving at around 1:30 pm and avoided any possible confrontation with police and armed forces by avoiding passing close to the city hall and the police head quarters where police and army units were located.
Although some demonstrators shouted slogans against the Orthodox Church because of the support of the Coptic Pope Theodoros II to General Al-Sisi in his Coup, when the demonstration passed in front of a church in Takseem Al-Betrol neighborhood some demonstrators formed a human chain surrounding the church to protect it (see video at minute 2:35).
While the demonstration was passing through the streets, sympathy of many Egyptians in their homes was expressed through waving Egyptian flags, spraying water on demonstrators (to cool down the summer heat as temperatures soared to 37 C = 99 F)), and handing them water bottles.