Cairo on Saturday belonged to the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of President Mohammed Mursi, who flooded the streets in a show of strength for their man.
While Tahrir Square remained occupied by the opposition, Islamist crowds, many of whom had come in from the countryrside marched elsewhere. Several thousand gathered in front of Cairo University.
“We want every single Muslim to get their rights and whoever isn’t happy with this can go bang his head against a wall. They are still coming; this is a small number, they are still coming — the Brotherhood — We are behind the President and take note, I say this out loud: we will sleep here, we will die here and if we want to go to Tahrir – we will go there,” said one man.
“We came to support our president and say we all want Sharia law. We don’t want him to have to take back his decision,” said a member of the dissolved parliament Ali Katamesh.
The air filled with cries of “We all want Sharia and the laws of God”, while some wrote “I love you Mursi” on their outstretched hands.