22-01-2018 12:11 PM Jerusalem Timing

Egypt Observes Abdul Nasser’s Death Anniversary

Egypt Observes Abdul Nasser’s Death Anniversary

The Egyptians Observed the forty-third death anniversary of President Jamal Abdul Nasser.

Abdul NasserThe Egyptians Observed the forty-third death anniversary of President Jamal Abdul Nasser.

Nasser, who led the 23 July, 1952 revolution that toppled the British-backed monarchy in Egypt, passed away on 28 September, 1970.  His funeral, which was attended by millions of mourners, is still considered one of the biggest funerals in history.

"Many Egyptians and other Arabs mourn Nasser as a father figure, saying their dreams of building a just and progressive society died along with him," says author Margaret Litivin in her book Hamlet's Arab Journey: Shakespeare's Prince and Nasser's Ghost.

Ruling Egypt from 1954 until his death in 1970, Nasser remains a symbol of dignity, anti-Zionism, anti- colonialism, pan-Arabism, and above all social justice for many.  He lingers in the consciousness of those who still dream of fulfilling the hopes of the late president. 

 

In a different context, around 500 of the ousted president Mohammad Mursi supporters rallied at Dome Square in Cairo and distributed leaflets that denounce the "coup," according to Russia Today.

The Egyptian security forces blocked all the roads that lead to al-Etahadeyya Palace after they learned that Mursi supporters were marching to it.

Another pro-Mursi rally set off from al-Rayan bil-Maadi, according to media reports.