Pro-Morsi marches sweep Egyptian governorates

Published July 31st, 2013 - 07:45 GMT
Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi protest in Cairo on July 30, 2013 (AFP)
Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi protest in Cairo on July 30, 2013 (AFP)

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi marched in a number of governorates across Egypt on Tuesday, demanding the reinstatement of the former president and commemorating the "martyrs of the coup."

Despite earlier warnings by the military, pro-Morsi protesters marched on Tuesday night to the headquarters of Egypt’s military intelligence in Cairo's Nasr City district.

In a statement on Monday, the military had urged protesters not to go near military establishments and specifically not to approach the military intelligence building, saying that such actions could put protesters at risk.

The defence ministry building is close to the Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque, where Morsi supporters have been staging a large sit-in since 28 June.

Brotherhood spokesman Gehad El-Haddad said on Twitter that the march aims to differentiate between "respect" for the Egyptian army and "reversal” of the military coup.

On Tuesday evening, Morsi's supporters took to the streets in several marches across Cairo and other governorates, including Alexandria, Beheira, Mansoura, Matrouh, Suez, Qena, and Aswan, to protest against "police brutality" after recent violence near the Rabaa sit-in.

Morsi supporters also set up a tent near the Autostrad road in Cairo to receive condolences from the public for those killed in Saturday's violence.

More than 80 civilians were killed and hundreds injured according to official figures when supporters of the ousted president and the police clashed at the Memorial of the Unknown Soldier in Nasr City in the early hours of Saturday.

Clashes between Morsi's supporters and opponents have led to tens of deaths and hundreds of injuries since his ouster, but on Tuesday, protests remained peaceful.

The National Coalition to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition of mainly Islamist parties led by the Brotherhood, organised the Tuesday protests to condemn the deaths on Saturday.

In Cairo, a march from Al-Fath Mosque in downtown Ramses and another from Al-Nour Mosque in Abbasiya headed to Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque.

Another women’s march moving to the defence ministry was stopped by the army, who blocked the road to the ministry, setting up barbed wire.

Hundreds of demonstrators at Al-Nahda Square in front of Cairo University in Giza, where Morsi supporters have also been staging a sit-in, also marched to the nearby embassies of Saudi Arabia and the UAE to protest against the Gulf states' support of the army's move to remove Morsi from power.

The wealthy Gulf Arab states pledged $8 billion in aid to Egypt a few days after Morsi's ouster on 3 July following huge protests against him.

On Monday evening, pro-Morsi demonstrators marched with symbolic empty coffins to a number of security directorates across Egypt. In the Suez Canal city of Ismailia, clashes erupted between Morsi's supporters and opponents, leaving 17 people injured.

The Muslim Brotherhood has been staging protests and sit-ins across Egypt calling for his reinstatement and protesting what it describes as a "military coup" against the country's first democratically-elected leader.  

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