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Morsi supporters rally to 'reclaim legitimacy', police warn against violence

'Pro-Brotherhood' protesters take to the streets following Friday prayers; police say they will use live fire in 'legitimate self-defence'

Ahram Online, Friday 30 Aug 2013
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Supports of the deposed President Mohamed Morsi chanting against army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi began rallying across Egypt on Friday afternoon in response to a call by the Muslim Brotherhood's National Alliance to Support Legitimacy.

Thousands began marching from mosques after noon prayers in Cairo and several governorates, amid tightened security measures.

In Cairo, police have blocked areas around expected marching destinations. In Mohandessin, Central Security Forces (CSF) fired teargas and shots into the air to prevent protesters approaching Sphinx Square. A CSF officer warned that those breaking the cordon around the square would be arrested.

Outside the capital, protests were reported in the northern cities of Alexandria, Beheira, and Menoufiya, Upper Egypt's Assiut and the Delta's Gharbiya.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy released a statement on Wednesday saying that 30 August would be “the beginning of a civil disobedience campaign to pressure the putschists to end the coup.”

Egypt's interior ministry announced ahead of Friday's protests that it would use live ammunition against protesters in "legitimate self defence."

The statement comes amid an ongoing crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters after security forces forcibly dispersed two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo on 14 August, which left hundreds dead and over a thousand injured.

Since then, security forces have arrested hundreds of the group's leaders and members. Senior Brotherhood officials are facing incitement charges.

Police have also announced they will prevent the establishment of fresh sit-ins.

Morsi supporters have been demonstrating for almost two months against the army's overthrow of Mohamed Morsi on 3 July following mass protests against his rule.

The interim government has accused Morsi supporters of committing "terrorist acts" against its opponents.

  

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Modern_Humaniora
31-08-2013 12:30pm
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See the big logic!
The world needs more Islamic democracy, not less. The Western democracies need competition. See the big logic!
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Nasir Hussain
30-08-2013 07:02pm
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MM (Military & media ) responsible
After 60 years of currept military generals' rule, Egypt saw a damocracy dawn. But currept media owners and generals could not afford to leave the ruling status. The more responsible is state owned media including Al Ahram. These generals and politicians who sided with army will face court ultimately in future.
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Modern_Humaniora
30-08-2013 06:05pm
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Solution
al-Sisi has to go!
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haq
30-08-2013 04:54pm
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we are with you .we give blood last drop againgst coup
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Eric
30-08-2013 04:00pm
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Today .....Mass murder and massacre by interior ministry police & army
Interior Ministry has announced it's intention to commit mass murder and massacre of innocent, peaceful protesters by giving instruction to police to use live rounds. It is a pity that hundreds of Egyptians will die today at the hands of police and army while the rest of Egypt sits silently by condoning this mass murder. With these ongoing massacres Sisi and his puppets in this "government" are sure to appear before the ICC in the not so distant future.
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