The Egyptians on Saturday 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," Al Manar quoted Margaret Litivin who attended the ceremony in Cairo.
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.
Around 500 supporters of the ousted president Mohammad Morsi also rallied at Dome Square in Cairo on Saturday 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 Morsi supporters were marching to it.
Other pro-Morsi rallies were hold from al-Rayan bil-Maadi, according to media reports.
Authorities open Rafah crossing
In another development, Egyptian authorities opened the Rafah border terminal with Gaza Strip on Saturday before certain categories.
According to Palestine Information Center, the ministry of interior and national security in Gaza said that the Egyptian authorities today allowed travel of students, patients, and holders of residences and entry visas to other countries in addition to pilgrims and promised to keep it open for those categories for three days.
The Egyptian authorities had opened the border terminal in September only for few days and for travel of students, patients, and humanitarian cases while thousands others wishing to travel were banned access.
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