Egypt: Rome community heeds General El Sissi's call

Egyptians in Italy to rally tomorrow at Rome embassy

25 July, 16:02

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JULY 25 - Egyptian residents of the Italian capital will rally outside their country's embassy at 11am local time on Friday in support of Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah El Sissi, organizers said. Also serving as deputy premier and defense minister, El Sissi yesterday called for demonstrations on Friday to give the military a mandate to confront ''violence and potential terrorism''.

    ''Tomorrow we will be united in our demonstration against violence and terrorism'', said Hanan, an activist member of the Egyptian Coptic Orthodox community in Rome. ''This is the third time we rally alongside our friends and brothers of the Muslim faith. Religion has nothing to do with this. We are all Egyptians''.

    The local Egyptian community mobilized yesterday as soon as the general issued his call. ''We tried to contact as many people as possible. Friends, neighbors, colleagues'', said Hanan. ''Given the short notice, we should have a turnout of at least 200-250 people'', added Egyptian architect and community leader Adel Amer. (ANSAmed).

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