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While deposed President Mohamed Morsi's supporters began marches around Cairo and as their opponents took to the streets in response to an army call for support to fight terrorism, a small group of people opposed to both camps made their position known in Sphinx Square.

They refer to themselves as "the Third Square".  In a leaflet distributed in the protest they describe themselves as "a group of Egyptians who protested on January 25 against the corruption of the [Hosni] Mubarak state... protested against [former head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces Field Marshal Hussein] Tantawi's men who gave the army a bad name during the transitional period and protested against Morsi and religious fascism in order to call for early elections."

The leaflet says that they are protesting today against the army playing a role in politics and against "the defense minister calling for an authorization to kill Egyptians on the pretext of fighting terrorism when fighting terrorism does not require a mandate because that is the duty of the Armed Forces."

One of the protesters,  Ahmed Adel, director of an NGO, said, "we are a group of young people whose views are not represented either in Tahrir Square or Rabaa al-Adaweya." Tahrir Square is where pro-army protesters are gathering, while Rabea al-Adaweya is a site of a sit-in of Morsi supporters.  

He was critical of Egyptians being forced to choose between two camps "just because the Muslim Brotherhood failed" saying that he wants neither "religious fascism nor the army." He said that many people will not protest today because neither camp represents them.

Another protester, Marwa Ibrahim said,  "I refused the June 30 coup not because I loved Morsi but because it was a violation of revolutionary legitimacy. We want a civilian president." Ibrahim said that a priority for her is justice for martyrs killed in the last three years.

Adel said that "[Armed Forces Chief Commander Abdel Fattah al-] Sisi shouldn't have thrown out the constitution and the elected institutions in the bin,  he shouldn't have resorted to these speedy measures."

Today's protests following more than two weeks of clashes between supporters of the president who was deposed by the army on July 3 and his opponents. 

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I'm a 100% in support of this

I'm a 100% in support of this movement. The problem currently is that we are moving to extreme measures which alienates a lot of the egyptian population. I'm not supporting Morsi or the Army - especially the army cause what El sisi called for is a form of genocide...legitimatized (through the support of the pro-army rallies) the killing of thousands of people under the slogan of 'fighting terrorism' a lot similar to what Bush used to say ). Yes, the Morsi government may have failed...but what is occurring now is unacceptable. I urge everyone to support this 'third square protesters"

Really what this movement

Really what this movement alleged is not true simply they do not agree for Morsi and Muslim brother hood cause they failed to rune Egypt as they said meanwhile we all know that Egypt run out of food energy hard currency we were going to disaster I can not believe how those people think do they suggest any other solution I think they are only talking also they wasn't fair with the army call cause the country has no elected president or any elected consul so the army asked the Egyptian people with making any voting which cost money I THINK THIS GROUP JUST SHOW UP FOR NEW LOOK CAUSE AM SURE THEY KNEW THAT THE ARMY WILL ONLY FIGHT TERRORISM IN SINAI but the Civilian police will be fight any one violate law for God sake please every body stop showing up

If everytime I disagree with

If everytime I disagree with an opponent, I start shooting him, then this country is in serious trouble. The MB have committed fatal mistakes but the way the army -with societal support - is dealing with it indicates no foresight whatsoever...

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Of the best comments I've

Of the best comments I've heard: "when does fighting terrorism need a mandate from the people?" and the answer is: "since terrorism reached power by election". I'm really sorry, but this third square reminds me of a saying a friend once said: "I'm worried about the revolution from the revolutionaries". He was so right. With all due respect, this group is following ideal slogans. SCAF is not today's army; human rights are not absolute...etc. Cancer is treated by removal. And the best to say the third square is what Karim Omar said: بصرف النظر عن مدى دقة الأعداد اللى نزلت النهارده وهل هى اكتر من 30 ولا أقل، يبقى واقع ان فى ملايين نزلت قبلت بالدعوة دى ، المشهد ده لازم يبصله التيار الثورى المتمسك بمكانه ضد العسكر والفلول ويفهم منه بشكل واضح على انه أقلية ضئيلة ما بين القطبين ، وقدامه أختيارين:
أما يبص للمشهد بنفس التعالى اللى مارسه مؤيدى مرسي مع 30 يونيو ، ونغنى على نغمة الفلول والعبيد والهمج واللاخلاقيين ويحسبن على الجماهير المغيبة .. الخ ، وبكده يبقى كتب على نفسه نفس مصير الأخوان

أو انه يتعامل مع ده بشكل أكثر عمق ويؤمن انه برغم وجود أسباب قد لا تتسم بالنزاهة أدت لهذا الحشد لكن لا يمكن تكون دى كل الأسباب ، من حق الجماهير انها تحدد أختياراتها وكل بنى البشر بيحطوا أحتياجاتهم الأنسانية كأولوية وده حقهم اللى فشل فيه الأخوان وفشل فى مجرد طرحه التيار الثورى الهائم على وجهه ، وعلينا احترام أختياره وعلينا محاسبة أنفسنا

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