Pro-democracy coalition thanks Egyptians

"The massive turnout in all provinces proves that the people do not need anyone to call on them to take to the streets against the coup and to restore legitimacy," the NADL said.

Pro-democracy coalition thanks Egyptians

World Bulletin/News Desk

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy (NADL), a coalition of largely Islamist groups supportive of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has thanked Egyptians for what it called "amazing" turnout in Friday's mass rallies.

In a statement late Friday, the bloc called on Egyptians to continue their "uprising" on Saturday to mark one month since the violent dispersal of two protest camps set up by the deposed leader's backers.

"The massive turnout in all provinces proves that the people do not need anyone to call on them to take to the streets against the coup and to restore legitimacy," the NADL said.

Held under the banner "loyalty to the blood of the martyrs", pro-democracy protesters staged mass rallies on Friday to mark one month since the dispersal of pro-Morsi protests camps in Cairo.

Two people were killed in the rallies.

"The people have proved that their peaceful protests give strength to their demands, despite arrests and harassment against anti-coup protesters," the NADL said.

Egypt has been in turmoil since the army deposed Morsi -- country's first democratically elected president -- on July 3 after mass protests against his presidency.

The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a "military coup," while the move's supporters call it a military-backed "popular uprising".

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