Ministery of Interior authorises use of live ammunition ahead of 28 November


The Ministry of Interior Prison Department’s head Mohamed Rateb said that the ministry has prepared a comprehensive plan to confront any rioting attempts expected on 28 November.

Rateb added that the ministry has authorised the use of live ammunition against any attempts of breaking into prisons, police departments or state’s vital institutions.

Egypt’s ultra-conservative Salafist Front and other members of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood have joined together under the umbrella of the so called ‘National Coalition to Support Legitimacy’, which has called for mass protests on 28 November, under the name of ‘the Uprising of Muslim Youth’, which is aimed at overthrowing what they describe as “military rule”.

The Salafist Front called on its allies to protest on 28 November to “impose the Islamic identity without disguise,” according to a statement by the organisation.

The Salafist Front stressed it has plans to deal with security services should they attempt this approach.

The front is one of Egypt’s extremist movements that emerged in the wake of the 2011 revolution.

The group identifies itself as an association of independent Islamic and Salafist figures as well as proselytising blocs across Egypt’s governorates.

On Sunday, the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood organisation supported the protests, stressing that it comes in response to the “secular attempts to weaken the Islamic identity and Sharia”.

The Brotherhood, which has been designated as a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian authorities, called the 28 November protests a ”new wave of the glorious Egyptian revolution”, urging other factions to fight for their ”identity and victory of peaceful freedom of expression”.

“We are warning the bloody coup regime not to commit riots against our innocent youth”, said a statement posted on the Muslim Brotherhood’s official website.

For its part, the Ministry of Interior spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif said in an interview on the privately-owned Al-Tahrir Channel, that any threat to police facilities “will be met with force and if necessary with live rounds”.

The ministry has already deployed several security cordons and checkpoints to secure Cairo’s major squares.