Thousands expected to gather in Egypt's main rallying points in nationwide demonstrations calling for new government; Port Said Ultras to mark football massacre anniversary with prayers in stadium.
15:00 Meanwhile, protests in the city of Suez have been postponed because of heavy rain, which also led to the temporary closure of several ports.
14:50 Military spokesman Ahmed Ali posted a video to the armed forces’ official Facebook page, stating that the armed forces are supporting the interior ministry to maintain security, regain stability in the Suez Canal cities, and to secure vital locations and strategic properties.
14:40 In Port Said, Adam Makary says that the protesters who left the march to go to the security building are rejoining the other marchers
14:30 Over to Alexandria, Egypt’s second largest city, where thousands of protesters are marching from downtown Qaed Ibrahim Mosque to Suez Canal square, one the city’s main traffic routes. This is reportedly the first time that Alexandrians have marched this route since January 25 2011, according to Al-Ahram Arabic website.
There have apparently been some disagreements about where the march should head, with some refusing to go near the Alexandria governorate headquarters because of previous clashes at the site between security forces and protesters.
14:25 Today also marks the first anniversary of the Port Said massacre, when more than 70 Ahly football fans were killed at the close of a match in the town’s stadium between local team Masry and Cairo giants Ahly.
The family of Karim Khozam, one of those killed last year in Port Said, are taking part in a traditional commemoration ceremony at the Qalb Yasou Church in Heliopolis. A banner with a picture of Khozam and a sentence that reads “we will not forget you Karim” hangs at the church entrance.
14:20 Over in Port Said, Adam Makary tells us that several hundred protesters have broken off from the main march to gather outside the Port Said security directorate.
14:15 Hundreds of protesters have begun marching from El-Rabia El-Adaweya to the presidential palace. They are chanting “down with the Brotherhood” “end your rule Morsi, you Pharaoh,” and “no to religious rule” reports Ahram Online’s Sara El-Rashidi.
Some protesters wearing orange bands have formed groups to secure the march. A member of the group, Amgad Hosny, said that he has not seen any problems so far.
“But the Brotherhood are trying to drag people into arguments,” he told El-Rashidi.
Hosny advised protesters to stay close to the march and asked women to dress conservatively.
14:10 Several marches to Tahrir Square have begun from different areas in Cairo, including Sayeda Zeinab, a working class district close to downtown, and Mostafa Mahmoud Mosque in middle class Mohandeseeen. A march has also begun from Abbasiya heading to the presidential palace in Heliopolis. (...)