Egyptian Rebel movement urges Morsi's guards to arrest him
Opposition protesters shout slogans and show a defaced poster of their president as they gather in thousands at the Presidential Palace to protest against Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood (Source: AFP/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA)
The grassroots opposition movement, which drew millions of Egyptians to protest against President Mohammed Morsi this week, has called on his military guard to arrest him.
The ‘Tamarod’ or Rebel movement on Wednesday dismissed a televised address made by Morsi earlier in the day, in which he made claims to legitimacy.
The movement said in a statement: “The only response to Morsi's speech is to protest on the streets in our millions, starting on Wednesday, so that he and his group hear the voice of the great Egyptian people.
“Not only are we calling for his departure but we call for him and his group to be sent for trial. We call on the Republican Guard to arrest Mohammed Morsi and send him for trial immediately.”
On Monday, the group set a deadline for Morsi to cede power.
The group gave Morsi until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday to quit, threatening escalated protests if he doesn’t.
“(Morsi) has until 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 2 to leave power. He must do this in order for Egyptian state institutions to prepare for early presidential elections,” the movement said in its first official statement published on its website.
But this move was overshadowed by a deadline set by the army, in which the armed forces gave an ultimatum for him to share power with the opposition by Wednesday afternoon or face a solution imposed by the military.