A crowd of up to a thousand people took to the streets of Cairo on Sunday, demanding the release of the Iron Guard guards detained for allegedly participating in a demonstration in the city.
The demonstrators, who called themselves “Iron Guard supporters”, held up banners reading “Iron guard, release us!” and “Free our soldiers!” and chanted slogans such as “Free the Iron Guards!”.
Demonstrators also chanted “Down with the Iron guard!” and demanded that the soldiers be returned home.
“Down and out, Iron Guard!
We will never forget,” they chanted.
“We will not forgive anyone who tried to harm us,” the protesters added.
Some protesters carried placards with pictures of the soldiers.
“No way out, no way back,” read one.
“We are angry and frustrated, but we are not going to let you down,” one protester told Al Jazeera.
“I have not gone through the trial and the trial is not over,” another protester added.
“If the Iron guards are released, it will not be because of the verdicts.
It will be because they have done their duty and I believe in them.”
The demonstration was part of a protest calling for the release and release of prisoners held by the military.
The protesters are demanding the return of all prisoners and a political solution to the crisis in Egypt, the United Nations said in a statement.
The demonstrations have been largely peaceful.
Al Jazeera’s Mohamed Fahmy, reporting from Cairo, said the protesters were “just taking their anger out on the police”.
“They are taking the anger out at the military, which has done nothing,” Fahmy said.
“They are angry at the regime, which does not want to go into a crisis, but is rather using it to justify its actions.”‘
We have to do something’Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has promised a swift end to the country’s crisis, which saw nearly 3,000 people killed in the past year.
He has promised to put pressure on the military to release all prisoners held in military prisons, and he has announced that the country would suspend imports of all imported goods, including food and medicine, until the military is freed.
The military has been accused of using torture, including beating and firing rubber bullets at protesters.
The protesters, however, have vowed to continue protesting.
“It’s our duty to continue with our actions, not only to raise our voice against the military but to also to call on all the people, especially the youth, to stop this aggression,” said Mohammed Salah, a protester.
“This is our duty, this is our right.
We have to continue this.”