Tahrir Square Friday calm before demonstrations

Tahrir Square was calm on Friday morning, as the main stage played Quran to mourn the martyrs of the revolution, before marches and demonstrations on a day dubbed, “Handing over power to the Constitutional Court,” called for by opposition coalitions and political forces.

Protestors participating in the sit-in in the square hung anti-Muslim Brotherhood, while a limited number of protestors arrived to Tahrir.

Protestors formed small groups to discuss the implications of an administrative court order Wednesday referring the electoral law to the Supreme Constitutional Court in a move that will delay upcoming House of Representatives elections for several months.

Roads leading to Tahrir Square continue to be shut to traffic, closed mostly by iron barriers in addition to the wall on Qasr al-Aini street. Popular committees who manage the security of the square were nowhere to be seen early Friday afternoon.

To mark International Women’s Day, the initiative of Lawyers and Women of Egypt has called for a march and protest in front of the High Court in conjunction with the a number of coalitions and political forces. The march calls for women’s rights, equality between men and women, and specifically denounces sexual and physical violence to which women have been subjected in the Tahrir Square area.

The march women’s rights march will start from Talaat Harb Square, and head to the High Court.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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