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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

Ahram Online , Wednesday 7 Aug 2013
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Hazem el-Beblawi
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.

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very very critical
09-08-2013 12:43pm
This is a satire!!! A criminal State is being built within the very heart of the capital and the government passively observes. Deadlines are declared and threats are made, just to be ignored. Egypt is sliding towards chaos thanks to the Brothers in the first place and a shaky government on the other. Senator McCain, I doubt, has issued crude personal threats to those he met. He has possibly referred to the International Criminal Court! It would not be the first time. An American undersecretary of State threatened General Musharaf, prior to the outbreak of the Afganistan war, to bring Pakistan "back to the stone age" if Pakistan did not contribute to the war effort!!!
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07-08-2013 07:50pm
It is about time!
It is about time, we have been extremely patient, this sit-in has disrupted thousands of lives and business, it is over, go home and live life at home and work. Egyptians and the government allowed you to sit in with your group, despite the chaos and economic losses,but 'enough is enough'! You would not negotiate or compromise, as this is not in your DNA and was the biggest part of your downfall. Perhaps now you have learned a lesson that Egypt is bigger than your group!
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