Millions of Egyptians jammed the streets of Cairo today (Thursday) to watch the funeral cortege carrying the body of President Nasser.
Millions of Egyptians jammed the streets of Cairo today (Thursday) to watch the funeral cortege carrying the body of President Nasser. In scenes of frenzied emotion the gun-carriage bearing the coffin inched 13 miles through the city to a mosque near the President's home.
In a hysteria of popular homage, the estimated four million people thronging Cairo, surged around the funeral procession almost bringing it to a standstill as attempts at order broke down. Many of the mourners, including soldiers lining the route, were overwhelmed with emotion, and it was reported that the Interim President of the U.A.R., Mr. Anwar El Sadat, suffered a heart attack during the procession, but had recovered later.
In an attempt to clear the way for the funeral carriage, mounted troops and police had to push back the crowds.
In the procession were wreaths from 104 nations and diplomats and Heads of State from countries represented at the funeral were left behind by the vast crowd following the procession.
Cries and wailing drowned the martial music of a military band as the people of Egypt paid their respects, acclaiming the man who staged the 1952 revolution in their name and became undisputed leader of the Arab world.
After three hours of pandemonium, the funeral procession finally reached the white-walled mosque on the outskirts of Cairo. After a religious service, Gamal Abdel Nasser, was buried.