Egyptian Sufis on Tuesday continued protests demanding the removal of various figures from the leadership of their main representative body after a prominent sheikh joined their sit-in Monday.
The protesters began their sit-in 26 days ago to demand the disbanding of the Supreme Council for the Sufi Orders and the removal of its chairman, Sheikh Abdel Hadi al-Qasaby, saying he had supported former President Hosni Mubarak.
The protesters demand the formation of an interim council run by a number of clerics before holding new elections to choose members of a new council.
Sheikh Mohamed Alaa Abul Azayem, a senior Sufi leader, joined the sit-in inside the council's headquarters in Gamaliya on Monday, voicing support for the protesters' demands.
During a press conference, Abul Azayem said he had urged Qasaby to respond to protesters' calls. He added that Qasaby had prior knowledge of plans for a sit-in but downplayed them.
Protesters said Qasaby could not bring an end to the protests except by yielding to their demands.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohamed al-Shahawy, spokesperson for the Sufi Reformist Front, stressed demonstrators' right to protest, adding that they would not leave until their demands have been met.
Translated from the Arabic Edition