Egypt PM confirms plans to disperse pro-Morsi sit-in
El-Beblawi promises free transportation for those leaving pro-Morsi sit-ins as government reiterates call to disperse
, Wednesday 7 Aug 2013
Egpt's PM. Hazem el-Beblawi (Photo: AP)
Egypt's Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi announced on Wednesday that the decision to disperse sit-ins held by supporters of former president Mohamed Morsi is final, calling on protesters to leave the sit-ins as quickly as possible during an Egypt cabinet press conference.
El-Beblawi added that the government will provide free transportation for those leaving the two pro-Morsi sit-ins at Cairo's Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque and Gaza's Nahda square.
He also stated that the sit-ins had not been dispersed earlier out of respect for the holy month of Ramadan, which ends Wednesday.
El-Beblawi warned Morsi supporters against the use of violence towards security forces, saying such actions will be immediately met with force.
He also emphasised that only those who have committed crimes will be arrested.
The Egyptian government, with the help of foreign mediators, has been engaged in reconciliation talks with the Muslim Brotherhood. However, they have failed to reach a solution to the current political deadlock.
The Muslim Brotherhood and its allies have insisted on Morsi's reinstatement since he was deposed by the army on 3 July following mass protests against him.
Egypt's presidency has described the pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo and Giza as "non-peaceful" and said they will be dispersed if negotiation attempts fail.