(Ynet) — Tens of thousands of Egyptians gathered at Cairo’s Tahrir Square Friday ahead of “Nakba Day,” which will be marked by the Palestinians in two days to commemorate the “disaster” inherent in the State of Israel’s establishment.
The protestors at the square endorsed Palestinian unity and chanted anti-Israel slogans, including “millions of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem.” Among other things, the demonstrators called for the expulsion of Israel’s ambassador to Egypt and urged the government to sever diplomatic relations with the Jewish State.
Some protestors burned Israeli flags at the site while others held up Palestinian flags. The event constituted a pre-planned rally ahead of major protests scheduled for Sunday.
At one point during the day, Egyptian forces had to fire warning shots in the air to disperse thousands of people hurling stones outside Israel’s embassy in Cairo.
A couple of months ago this crowd would have been called “pro-democracy” or something.
People gather during a demonstration at Tahrir Square in Cairo May 13, 2011. Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets on Friday to push their military rulers to do more to help Palestinians following the overthrow of the country’s president Hosni Mubarak. The gatherings in Cairo, Alexandria and El-Arish come amidst preparations by activists to organise a march to the Gaza Strip on Sunday, May 15 — which Palestinians mark as the anniversary of their 1948 displacement following the establishment of Israel. (REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh)