Islamic thinker Mohamed Emara has condemned the forcible dispersal of two sit-ins staged by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi as a "transgression unprecedented since the end of the British occupation of Egypt."
Speaking to the Anadolu Agency on Wednesday, Emara, a member of Al-Azhar Scholars Authority, described the sit-in dispersals as "a bloody massacre in which the Egyptian army is implicated in killing its people, who are protesting peacefully for the first time in Egypt's history."
He stressed that the right to peaceful protest was guaranteed by international laws and conventions.
"The Egyptian army is an accomplice in the shedding of Egyptian blood," Emara charged, going on to warn of "grave repercussions."
He condemned those he described as "the fascists who are driving the army to shoot at unarmed protesters in a transgression unprecedented since the end of the British occupation of Egypt."
In the small hours of Wednesday, police moved in to disperse pro-Morsi sit-ins in Giza's Nahda Square and Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square.
Medics and eyewitnesses said that at least 163 people had been killed and thousands injured in the security operation.