Hundreds of Egyptian celebrities and high-profile academics took part in rallies on Friday supporting the Egyptian army’s call to “fight terrorism” in the country.
The famous faces marched from the Cairo headquarters of the Ministry of Culture to Tahrir Square, the center of the pro-army protests, which carried anti-Muslim Brotherhood slogans and was against deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi.
A number of celebs took part in the march, mainly prominent actresses Yusra, Elham Shahine, Nadia al-Jundi, Mervat Amin and actor Ezzat al-Alayli.
They voiced support of Egypt’s army chief, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who had called for mass Friday protests in support of the army to fight “terrorist” activity in the country.
The march headed to the Tahrir Square where the celebrities had their Iftar (the meal that breaks the daily Ramadan fast). with other protesters.
Actress Nelly Karim told Al Arabiya that she participated in the march to say “no to terrorism,” adding that all the celebrities who had gathered at Tahrir refuse all kinds of terrorist attacks in Egypt.
Yousra, also a prominent Egyptian actress, told Al Arabiya that all Egyptians should be proud of the army, “particularly during these patriotic events.”
In a statement to Al Arabiya, Egyptian artist Mahmoud Kabil voiced hopes that the Muslim Brotherhood would respond to the army’s calls for national reconciliation and join the roadmap drafted by the armed forces.
Meanwhile, many politicians also took part in the march, such as Minister of Culture Dr. Mohamed Saber Arab, Minister of Higher Education Dr. Hossam Issa along with Hakim Abdel Nasser, the son of late President Gamal Abdel Nasser.