World Bulletin / News Desk
Supporters of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi staged fresh protests on Friday to call for his reinstatement, one week ahead of the anniversary of his ouster in a military coup.
The rallies came in response to calls by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi’s main support bloc, for a week of protests in the run-up to the overthrow of Morsi in July 2013.
Scores of protesters marched in several provinces including, Cairo, Alexandria and Gharbiya in the Nile Delta.
Protesters chanted slogans against the army and police and called for the release of detainees held by authorities in the last two years since Morsi’s overthrow.
Egypt has been dogged by turmoil since the military unseated Morsi, the country’s first freely elected president, in a 2013 coup following protests against his administration.
Since Morsi's ouster, Egyptian authorities have carried out a relentless crackdown on dissent that has mainly targeted the ousted president’s supporters, leaving hundreds dead and thousands behind bars.
Two years after the murderous military coup, which crushed the first democratic experience in Egypt, the Egyptian people have come together to rally for the removal of the illegitimate coup regime and the trying of its commander Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi and his authoritarian oligarchy that destroyed Egypt.
In "6th of October City", the coup regime assassinated 9 leaders, having earlier arrested them and taken their fingerprints, then shot and killed them in cold blood. In Sinai, attacks killed and wounded dozens of civilians and soldiers. This drags the country into a dangerous state of chaos, poses a real threat to the security of Egypt, and exposes people to great dangers, all due to the arrogance of the coup regime and its commander and their sowing the seeds of violence and terror.
Released by the Wiki Thawra site, an Egyptian statistics database for the Egyptian revolution, the report said the victims fell during clashes with security forces or the army or during security crackdowns on demonstrations, civil clashes over sectarian grounds, assassinations, extrajudicial killings, due to violence in the place of detention or as a result of terrorist acts.
According to the report, the victims included supporters or opponents of a certain faction, local residents and passers- by, policemen and soldiers, journalists, doctors and field paramedics.
It noted that 2,588 victims were killed in political events, 41 were killed during sectarian clashes, three during social protests, 80 in places of detention, 28 as a result of excessive use of force, 281 in acts of terrorism, 122 during security raids and 105 died of neglect.
According to the report, the victims included 2,927 civilians, 226 policemen, 95 soldiers, 11 journalists, 164 minors, 72 women and 299 students. A total of 41,275 have been killed, injured and detained in 2013 alone.
Timeline of coup
June 30 – Millions of Egyptians demonstrate, calling for Morsi to step down. Eight people are killed in clashes outside the Muslim Brotherhood's Cairo headquarters. Protests took place in Iskenderun, alMahalla and the Suez Canal.
July 1 – Large-scale demonstrations continue in Tahrir Square and Egypt's powerful military gives the two sides 48 hours to resolve their disputes, or it will impose its own solution. A number of ministers including Khald Fahmi, Atif Hilmi, Hisham Zazu give their resignation.
July 2 – Military officials disclose main details of their plan if no agreement is reached: replacing Morsi with an interim administration, cancelling the constitution and calling elections in a year. Pope Tawadros, in a tweet expressed his support for the demonstrations, and said that the constitution was discriminatory against Christians.
July 3 – Deadline for Morsi and opponents to come to agreement, or the military says it will impose its plan. The military ousts Morsi, suspends constitution and imposes interim technocrat government. Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are rounded up and sent to prison without charge or trial.
July 4 - Particular care is given by governments around the world to not use the word "military coup" for the occurring events in Egypt. Obama simply said he was "deeply concerned" and the British government issued a statement saying that the people of Egypt should "look to the future".
July 5 - Supporters of Morsi gather in the Rabia al Adawiya square, with numbers up to one million protestors at a time. With a lack of response from the West, the African Union labels the regime change as a "coup" and cancels Egypts membership with the AU.