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Riot policemen clash with protesters during a rally in support of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Mursi in Cairo's Tahrir Square October 1, 2013. (REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Riot policemen clash with protesters during a rally in support of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Mursi, in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on October 1, 2013. (REUTERS/ Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

Cairo, Asharq Al-Awsat—The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood called on its members and other supporters of ousted president Mohamed Mursi to gather in Cairo’s emblematic Tahrir Square on October 6, the anniversary of the Arab–Israeli October War of 1973, Asharq Al-Awsat has learned.

The pro-Mursi National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy has called upon supporters of the deposed president to take to streets in “massive” demonstrations on October 6, which they dubbed the “final day of coup.”

Islamist sources, speaking to Asharq Al-Awsat on the condition of anonymity, said that there are “hundreds of thousands taking to the streets across Egypt every day, condemning the coup and rejecting the current government, despite the campaign of arrests and oppression practiced against them, as well as the neglect of media outlets,” adding, “We are confident of victory and of Mursi’s return to rule.”

“The arrest of hundreds of the organization’s leaders will not prevent us from organizing peaceful demonstrations against this regime,” the source continued, adding, “Citizens willingly take to the streets to defend democracy and the votes they cast in the last elections, which have been neglected.”

According to sources, massive demonstrations will depart from key mosques across Egypt towards the biggest squares of Egypt’s major cities, such as Tahrir, Raba’a Al-Adawiya and Nahda.

The sources also said that in the event that they were stopped by the police, demonstrators will gather in the main roads leading to Tahrir Square in a bid to confuse and exhaust the security forces.

The sources said that they “intend to rally in the main squares until the end of the coup,” despite the risks that may result from confrontations with the police.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s security forces succeeded in breaking up a limited gathering of pro-Mursi supporters in Tahrir Square on Tuesday.

Brawls broke out between residents and shop owners in the area and Mursi supporters, who were forced to flee to side streets.

Elsewhere, the authorities stepped up security in the environs of the US and British Embassies in the Garden City district of Cairo.

Speaking on the condition of anonymity, official sources said that Tahrir Square and the surrounding area are currently calm and the traffic movement is normal, stressing that Mursi supporters will be prevented from gathering in the square on Sunday.

The Tamarod movement, one of the main groups behind July 30 anti-Mursi protests, called on the Egyptian people to take to Egypt’s squares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the 1973 October War.

The group also called on “all security apparatuses to defend the people against any terrorist group trying to spoil that day.”