World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's army-installed government on Saturday renewed calls for supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi to end their ongoing sit-ins to "ensure their safety," pledging to provide them with a "safe exit."
Ever since his ouster, thousands of Morsi supporters have been staging daily demonstrations and sit-ins to defend the deposed leader's "democratic legitimacy" and demand his reinstatement.
Interior Ministry spokesman Hany Abdel Latif said regarding the protesters, "You are brain-washed, subject to psychological manipulation. You are being used as a political-bargaining chip," he said, directing his comments to the demonstrators.
The military had threatened to remove them by force. But on Friday, following appeals form religious leaders as well as foreign governments to avoid a bloodbath, the interim government said it would blockade the camps but not storm them.
He warned that those remaining at the sit-ins were "subjecting themselves to accountability over involvement in acts punishable by law," accusing sit-in organizers of involvement in alleged murder, torture, abduction, blocking roads and incitement to violence and hatred.
"If you think you're protecting yourself by staying with your colleagues, we pledge your safe and secure return to normal life as a free and honest citizen," Latif said.
Pro-Morsi demonstrators have been staging round-the-clock sit-ins in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in eastern Cairo and Giza's Nahda Square next to Cairo University to demand the ousted president's reinstatement.
The Egyptian government has said that it views the two sit-ins as a "threat" to Egypt's national security.
On Wednesday, the government mandated the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's sprawling police apparatus – to take "all necessary measures" to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrations.Last Mod: 03 Ağustos 2013, 14:40