On the third anniversary of the mass June 30 protests that led three days later to the army’s removal of Muslim Brotherhood leader and president, Mohamed Morsi, government officials were keen to stress that this was an occasion worth celebrating amid tight security measures. On what has just been announced a national holiday, President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi delivered
a brief televised speech
, congratulating the Egyptian people for “restoring their identity and confirming their will,” while Air Force jets
took to the skies of Cairo and other major cities. Small rallies led by governors and local officials were also held in various cities across the country.