Morsi supporters stage anti-coup protests

The rallies come one day after the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's police apparatus – urged Morsi supporters in Cairo's Rab'a al-Adaweya Square and Giza's Nahda Square to leave their sit-ins "quickly" in order to ensure their safety.

Morsi supporters stage anti-coup protests

World Bulletin/News Desk

Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi started their rallies in Cairo and Giza following the Friday weekly prayers to denounce what they call a "military coup" against the elected leader.

Carrying Egyptian flags and posters of Morsi, demonstrators marched from Amr Ibn al-Aas, Egypt's oldest mosque.

The protesters chanted slogans against the army and Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.

Demonstrators also staged a rally from al-Nour Mosque in Matariya in eastern Cairo toward the Rab'a al-Adaweya Square, where thousands of Morsi's backers have been camped out for more than five weeks.

Pro-Morsi demonstrators also marched from the Mustafa Mahmoud and Al-Maghferah mosques in Giza towards Nahda Square, where thousands of loyalists remain camped out.

The protesters carried pictures of people who had lost their lives in recent bouts of violence in Cairo.

At least 88 people were killed in attacks between pro-Morsi demonstrators and security forces near the Rab'a al-Adaweya Square last week.

But medics at a field hospital set up in the square say at least 66 supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were killed and 61 others "clinically dead".

While the Muslim Brotherhood accused security forces of opening fire at its unarmed supporters, police denied using live ammunition against the protesters, insisting they had only used teargas to disperse the crowds.

More than 51 pro-Morsi demonstrators had also been killed last month outside the Republican Guards compound in Cairo with the Muslim Brotherhood accusing army troops of targeting the protesters during their Fajr prayers.

But the army said that a "terrorist group" had tried to storm the compound and killed an officer and injured 40 soldiers.

Pro-Morsi demonstrations were also staged in the 6th October City, 38 km away from Cairo, toward the Egyptian Media Production City.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, a coalition of mostly Islamist parties and groups supportive of the deposed president, has announced 33 pro-Morsi rallies across Cairo and Giza on Friday to demand his reinstatement.

The rallies come one day after the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's police apparatus – urged Morsi supporters in Cairo's Rab'a al-Adaweya Square and Giza's Nahda Square to leave their sit-ins "quickly" in order to ensure their safety.

The ministry pledged "a safe exit and full protection to whoever complies with the call to preserve the stability and safety of the homeland."

On Wednesday, the government asserted that the continuation of the two main pro-Morsi sit-ins "threatened Egypt's national security."

The government went on to announce that it had mandated the interior minister to take "all necessary measures" to defend social peace and security.

Ever since his removal, supporters of the deposed president have been holding daily mass demonstrations and sit-ins nationwide to demand his reinstatement.

Last Mod: 02 Ağustos 2013, 16:04
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