Photos: Besieged pro-Morsi protest camp sets up children’s carnival attractions


(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Over a month into their massive sit-in at Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque, protesters who support ousted President Mohamed Morsi have set up carnival-style attractions for children at the site. The elaborate installation includes a trampoline, a toy-filled pool and an inflatable slide, all bearing posters of Morsi.

The games are part of today's Eid al-Fitr celebration, marking a major annual holiday with traditional sweets and other festivities. The decision to have so many children playing inside the sit-in camp, though, has attracted some criticism. Though the scene at Rabaa al-Adawiya is currently peaceful, security forces have moved against it previously, causing violence, and there are real fears that the military-led government may try to disperse the camp.

Human rights organizations have warned that the frequent presence of children at Egyptian protests -- on both sides -- poses significant dangers to their safety. Opponents of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have accused the Rabaa protesters of using children as human shields or to promote sympathy for their cause.

Large numbers of Brotherhood and Morsi supporters have been killed in clashes with security forces since Morsi's ouster, in some cases dozens at a time.

A coordinator for the event, which Pro-Morsi protesters are calling "Children against Coup," told a reporter with the Turkish outlet Anadolu Agency, "The amusement park is one of the top destinations that children visit during the Eid with their fathers, and since the fathers would be here in the square, we thought of setting up 'Rabaa Park' here."

Here are more photos from today's celebrations:


(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Max Fisher · August 8, 2013