PM Mahlab: 28 November to be a normal day

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Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab ensured that 28 November is to pass peacefully like any normal day, especially that Egypt has its security forces, the police and army, prepared to protect the homeland.

Mahlab’s statement came during a meeting with youth engineers to discuss construction projects on Thursday.

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 to interfere.

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

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

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

Recently, Egypt’s high religious institutions, including Al-Azhar and Dar Al-Ifta, have described such calls involving religion in protests, as a disguise to promote sectarian strife and chaos in Egypt.