Morsi supporters demonstrate outside UAE, Saudi embassies

Pro-Morsi demonstrators marched from Nahda Square in Giza, where they have been camped out for more than one month, to the UAE and Saudi embassies.

Morsi supporters demonstrate outside UAE, Saudi embassies

World Bulletin/News Desk

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi demonstrated Tuesday outside the embassies of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Cairo to protest the two countries' support for the army's ouster of the elected president.

Pro-Morsi demonstrators marched from Nahda Square in Giza, where they have been camped out for more than one month, to the UAE and Saudi embassies.

They chanted slogans defending Morsi's democratic legitimacy and condemning UAE/Saudi support for his ouster.

Protesters scribbled graffiti on the walls of the UAE's diplomatic mission denouncing army chief and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president, was overthrown by the army on July 3 after mass protests against his regime.

The UAE and Saudi Arabia have both welcomed Morsi's ouster, pledging a total of $8 million to support Egypt's struggling economy.

Saudi Arabia has promised a $5 billion aid package including energy products and a five-year interest-free loan, while the UAE has said it would provide a $1 billion grant to Egypt and a $2 billion interest-free loan. Kuwait, for its part, has pledged $4 billion in aid to Egypt.

Pro-Morsi demonstrators also protested outside the Giza Security Directorate to condemn deadly clashes near Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, where supporters of the ousted president have been staging a round-the-clock vigil.

According to the Health Ministry, 88 people have been confirmed dead in attacks between pro-Morsi demonstrators and security forces near Rabaa al-Adawiya on Saturday.

But medics at a field hospital set up in the square say that at least 66 Morsi supporters had been killed in the incident while 61 others had been pronounced "clinically dead."

The Muslim Brotherhood has accused security forces of opening fire on its unarmed supporters.

Security forces, however, deny having used live ammunition against protesters, insisting they only used teargas to disperse the crowds.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has called for mass protests on Tuesday to condemn the killings of pro-Morsi demonstrators.

Last Mod: 30 Temmuz 2013, 17:43
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