Published in Ahram Online (by Ati Metwaly and Sara Elkamel)
Hundreds of people and a wide range of chants filled the streets in front of the Cairo Opera House earlier on Tuesday. The crowd included members of the music and film syndicates, among many others.
The hundreds heading towards Tahrir Square echoed the chants that first appeared during the early days of the 25 January revolution in 2011, such as “leave, leave” and “the people demand the downfall of the regime.”
Artists in the march even had their own rendition of one of the most popular revolutionary chants, “bread, freedom, and social justice” became “bread, freedom, and cancellation of the constitutional declaration.”
Their chants denounced the constitutional declaration released by President Mohamed Morsi on Thursday and call for the downfall of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Mohamed Salah of the Actors Syndicate explained, “I came to remove the constitutional declaration that Sheikh Mohamed Morsi announced.”
Salah continued, “We’ll go to Tahrir and stay there until it is removed. We won’t move.”
Choreographer and ballet dancer, Hani Hassan, said that the current leadership does not reflect the diversity of the Egyptian people. “For me, the ruler that we have now is not compatible with the people.”
A number of artists from the Cairo Opera House, including a few singers from the Cairo Opera Company, and composers and conductors, Hisham Gabr and Nayer Nagui, attended the protest.
Also at the march were set designers, Ibrahim Gharib and Fawzi El-Awamry, scenographer, Hazem Shebl, and film producer and director, Sherif Mandour, among others.
With a large drum and loud chants, the Egyptian Popular Current (Al Tayar Al Shaabi) led the marches towards the iconic Tahrir Square.
Art critic and member of the Fine Arts Sector at the Supreme Council of Culture, Sami El-Balshi, explained why he was marching to Tahrir Square, “I came here to underline that we totally refuse Morsi’s decree, and we demand a president that represents all people, not only part of the public.”
El-Balshi continues, “We will keep protesting until he backs out of his latest decisions. He has to support democracy and the principles of the revolution, not destroy it.”
Poet and actor, Mahmoud Gomaa, believes that “the Muslim Brotherhood feels like they are losing support, so they are trying to grab power.”
The march entered Tahrir Square around 4.30pm and was greeted with cheers by theprotesters already filling the square. More artists joined the square in later hours on Tuesday.