Morsi supporters plan new protests as tensions climb

Published August 18th, 2013 - 09:03 GMT
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi stands in a blood-stained shirt as demonstrators gather in Cairo's Abbassiya neighbourhood (AFP/MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM)
A supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi stands in a blood-stained shirt as demonstrators gather in Cairo's Abbassiya neighbourhood (AFP/MOHAMMED ABDEL MONEIM)

Fresh demonstrations have been planned by Muslim Brotherhood anti-coup protesters on Sunday, following a tense stand-off between security forces and protesters in a Cairo mosque.

Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohammad Morsi had left the Al-Fath mosque after negotiations with security forces late Saturday, passing through angry crowds who called them “terrorists” and tried to beat them.

According to AFP news agency, several marches would take place in Cairo on Sunday afternoon, a statement by the Anti-Coup Alliance said.

Morsi was deposed by the military on July 3 in what his supporters say was an armed "coup d'etat" that deepened splits in an already highly divided society.

The continuation of a daily campaign of protests is in defiance of an intensifying crackdown that has led to the deaths of more than 750 people in the past four days of violence, according to AFP.

The Egyptian government vowed on Saturday to fight “terrorism and radicalism,” saying Muslim Brotherhood loyalists have engaged in violence and not peaceful protests, a presidential official said in a press conference.

Mustafa Hijazi, who is a political advisor to Egypt’s interim government, urged protesters, who are calling for the re-instatement of deposed President Mohammed Morsi, to “go back to their rational senses.”

He said “war has been declared” against Egypt by “extremist forces” to foil the country’s aim of forming a civil state.

He stated that “burning churches, schools, museums, random firing on civilians sitting in their homes, random killing, burning of public and private properties , targeting government edifices and police,” were all forms of “terrorism.”

Egyptians, who “are more united than before,” will be protected from “religious fascism,” he added.

“The constitution will be for all Egyptians by all Egyptians,” he said, adding that the government will work to fully implement the roadmap.


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