World Bulletin / News Desk
Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, criticized on Wednesday a televised speech by army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi.
"If the military coup had supporters, they would have taken to the streets in a show of support by now," al-Erian said on his Facebook page.
Earlier today, al-Sisi urged Egyptians to participate in planned Friday protests to "authorize" him to "confront violence."
"I'm asking the Egyptian people to go out like they did on June 30 and July 3," he said in a televised address at a graduation ceremony for military cadets.
"I want you to show the world that you are authorizing me to confront any possible violence and terrorism," he added.
The Muslim Brotherhood leader, for his part, condemned al-Sisi's appeal.
"Appealing to the people will do you no good," al-Erian said.
"Your threats will not deter millions of people who will demonstrate on Friday against the military coup and its leaders," he insisted.
The powerful army overthrew Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, on July 3 following mass protests against his regime.
It suspended the constitution and installed Adly Mansour, the head of the constitutional court, as interim president.
Morsi supporters have been out on the streets ever since staging mass protests and sit-ins to defend his democratic legitimacy and demand his reinstatement.
They, too, are calling for mass protests on Friday as part of their ongoing show of solidarity with the deposed president.Last Mod: 24 Temmuz 2013, 14:59