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Protests and new museum on outlook for Revolution Day

July 23, 2015 - EGYPT

Revolution Day represents a possible protest target for Islamist supporters of deposed president Mohammed Morsi, who has been sentenced to death, and offers a symbolic target for the opening of a museum centred on Gamal Abdel Nasser.

The mainly-revered former president helped launch the revolution that began with a military coup on Jul 23, 1952. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is reported to be at pains to align his visions for Egypt with Nasser'secular vision, another potential irritant for Islamists.

According to local reports, the state has attempted to enshrine its place in public culture in a way not seen since Nasser's time.

On Jun 16 an Egyptian court in Cairo sentenced Morsi and five others to death on charges including murder and attempted murder during a prison break from the Wadi Natroun prison in 2011.

Both Revolution Day events and the museum are likely targets for Islamists who are angry about Sisi's deadly crackdown on Morsi supporters. Tension has increased since the military coup on Jul 3, 2013, that ousted him and since the military-backed election of al-Sisi.

Nasser founded the clandestine group called the Free Officers, which overthrew the government of King Farouk. The museum at the house where he lived and died in Heliopolis, on the outskirts of Cairo will exhibit the personal belongings of the country's former president, and recount the milestones in his 1956-70 rule. They include the construction of the Aswan High Dam, the nationalization of the Suez Canal and wars with Israel.

Gamal Abdel Nasser biography (Encyclopedia Britannica)

Egypt to open Nasser museum in 2015 (AL-Monitor 6 Aug 2014)

Date written/update: 2014-11-10