World Bulletin / News Desk
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, made up mostly of Islamist parties and groups that support ousted President Mohamed Morsi, has rejected demands by the Interior Ministry that pro-Morsi demonstrators leave their sit-ins and go home.
On Thursday, the Interior Ministry – which controls Egypt's police apparatus – urged Morsi supporters in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya Square and Giza's Nahda Square to leave their sit-ins "quickly" in order to ensure their safety.
It went on to promise departing protesters a "safe exit" and full protection.
"We call on protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares to listen to reason to serve the best interests of the homeland and leave their sit-ins quickly to ensure the safety of all parties," the ministry declared in a statement.
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 ousted president have been holding daily mass demonstrations and sit-ins nationwide to demand his reinstatement.
The two largest sit-ins have been in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in eastern Cairo and Nahda Square in Giza.