Twenty thousand young people from throughout the country staged a "pro-Sadat parade" through Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday (9 October).
SV Youths carrying large portrait of President Sadat
LV Decorated float complete with rockets and soldiers with rocket launchers
SV Float depicting old Egyptian galley ship with nymphs at the oars
SV PAN Chanting and clapping marchers TO decorated floats and people singing
SV Crowds along road chanting and dancing
SV Youths carrying automatic weapons followed by television float complete with jugglers and effigy of cine-cameraman
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Background: Twenty thousand young people from throughout the country staged a "pro-Sadat parade" through Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday (9 October).
The parade, also part of celebrations marking the second anniversary of the October Arab-Israeli war, was the second demonstration of support for President Anwar Sadat by the youth of Egypt in two weeks.
At the end of last month, 10,000 young people demonstrated in support of their leader and the Egypt-Israel peace agreement.
The demonstrations show the passion with which Egyptians are rejecting the criticism from Syria and the Palestinian Liberation Organisation (PLO) that their country had "sold out" the Arab cause by negotiating the peace accord.
Thursday's parade was extremely colourful and vocal. The young people marched from Cairo Stadium to Kubbeh Palace .. where President Sadat used to have his offices.
The marchers carried huge photographs and portraits of the President and performed folk dances to the accompaniment of native bands.
Cars and trucks be-decked with flowers and floats depicting Egypt's military strength and culture .. both past and present .. were also part of the parade.