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Pro-Morsi marches reported in Cairo, governorates; rival marchers clash in Suez
Thousands of supporters of Egypt's beleaguered president stage marches in Giza, Minya, Arish and Port Said; clashes between rival protesters break out in canal city of Suez, Reuters reports
Ahram Online, Tuesday 2 Jul 2013
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A TV snapshot shows a pro-Morsi rally in Nahda Square, Giza

Supporters of embattled President Mohamed Morsi staged marches countrywide on Monday night in support of the president's "democratic legitimacy" in the wake of a statement by Egypt's armed forces suggesting that it planned to reassume executive authority.

Thousands of Morsi supporters took to the streets in a march from Giza's Haram Street and Omraniya district to Al-Nahda Square outside Cairo University, the site of previous pro-Morsi rallies.

The march – which included men, women and children – brought traffic on Haram Street to a standstill. Carrying placards depicting President Morsi, protesters chanted: "[The president's democratic] legitimacy is a red line."

Meanwhile, a pro-Morsi rally outside Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, estimated in the hundreds of thousands, remains in place for the fourth consecutive day.

In the Nile Delta Sharqiya governorate, residents of the village of Abu Kebir also organised a protest march to support the president – who hails from Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood movement – and say "No to military rule."

Protesters reportedly left El-Nasr Mosque after evening prayers, chanting, "Down with military rule," "Egypt's legitimacy is with the president" and "We love you Morsi." 

In the northern city of Suez, supporters and opponents of the presidency reportedly exchanged gunfire near the mouth of the Suez Canal Monday night, according to witnesses quoted by Reuters.

"The sound of gunfire is everywhere. Supporters and opponents are going back and forth," Reuters quoted one witness as saying.

The pro-Morsi marches and rallies come against the backdrop of massive, ongoing demonstrations demanding the president's ouster, the largest of which are in Tahrir Square and at Cairo's presidential palace.

On Monday evening, Egypt's armed forces issued a statement giving all political powers 48 hours to resolve the country's ongoing political standoff or else face a military-imposed "roadmap" for the country's political future.

At least 16 people have been killed in clashes between rival protesters since Sunday, when millions of Egyptians flooded the streets to demand Morsi step down.

Pro-Morsi protests have also erupted in the northern Marsa Matrouh governorate and in the Upper Egyptian governorates of Minya and Qena.

The ultra-conservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya group, meanwhile, a staunch supporter of the president, has urged Morsi supporters nationwide to hit the streets to peacefully express the need to "respect the constitution and the public will."

Morsi's critics usually cite the country’s deteriorating economy and the "incompetence of his administration."

Many of his opponents also believe that the Muslim Brotherhood, from which he hails, is the actual ruling body of Egypt while Morsi is helping the group dominate power.



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abdul
02-07-2013 01:17pm
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we hate sour losers
There is agony in defeat.as there is joy in trymph. But to burn offices of those who won the election and stop the process of truly, there is agony in defeat.but reversingdemocracy thru street riots, is nothing but selfishness of the elites and remrants of the deposed dictator mubarak and the return of the baltagiyya thugs. Dreamers of freedom: wake up and defend your achievements and your voice of ballot results. It is not democracy to allocate highest positions to members of the opposition party who lost the election under any excuse.that is a coup d' etat ..and shame on supporters of riots and thugs.
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Bubbly
02-07-2013 12:15pm
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Millitry Coup
So this was the plan...now things are quite clear..so called liberals can bear dictators for decades but can't afford democracy reason is not hidden.They always enjoyed and previlleged under dictators and looted this country for yeae.This would be their great mistake if they think Army would bring them in power if Morsy has been toppled by Army..Not a single opposition leader can run the country for 100 days.
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ifeanyi akaolisa
02-07-2013 01:25am
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prodemocracy promised land
so astounding how the pro-democracy revolutionaries in egypt are hailing the military's threat of a comeback: in essence they are craving a return to the bondage years of egypt (military rule) rather than forge ahead into the so called promised land of democracy... but wait a second... ah~ this is egypt! they never left egypt in the first place. either the west miscalculated again in their attempts at social & political engineering or they and their agents are again running interference and muddling things up when it's not going their way, as they did with the hamas experimant in palestine... go figure...
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ziyad
02-07-2013 12:52am
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shame on you
so what does it feel when this country under military coup d'etat again? i think all those so called tamarrod are satisfy for seeing this country more underdeveloped, high crime rates, tank everywhere, no goverment, and you have to start all over again to reconstruct your country. well, its your choice. and i think it is better for both do a dialogue instead of fighting each other like no one want to surrender. my wishes, good luck egypt. i'll always pray for Egypt to have a good leader, a leader who is welcome his citizen, open his presidential gate or allowed a citizen confront him just to hear the complain. you all wasting this opportunity, while other country are suffering for wanted a leader like morsi. you will regret it, someday. after you take down mubarak, now you want having all of mobarak's regime again? shame on you.
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