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Morsi supporters stage fresh marches in downtown Cairo, governorates

Supporters of deposed Islamist president stage marches in downtown's Talaat Harb Square, other areas of Cairo and several governorates, as protests continue into their tenth week

Ahram Online, Tuesday 10 Sep 2013
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Supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi staged demonstrations in downtown Cairo's Talaat Harb Square, as well as in other districts of Cairo and other governorates, on Tuesday evening, halfway into the tenth week of protests following Morsi's ouster.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Anti-Coup Youth group called for a Tuesday evening protest in Downtown Cairo's Talaat Harb square – a kilometre away from iconic Tahrir Square - against the removal of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Egypt's Central Security Forces stepped up their presence around the Square in anticipation of the protests.

The demonstration is the first to take place in the heavily-barricaded downtown Cairo area since the deadly clashes between Morsi's supporters, police forces and unidentified assailants around Al-Fath Mosque in downtown's Ramsis Square on 16 August, where dozens of Morsi's supporters were killed.

Simultaneously, thousands participated Tuesday evening in "anti-Coup" protests in several Cairo districts, including Haram, Madinet Nasr and Obour, as well as a number of governorates including The Delta's Sharqiya and Upper Egypt's Minya and Beni Suef.

Pro-Morsi protests have been ongoing since his removal by the military on 3 July, following mass demonstrations against his presidency.

Most protests take place on Tuesdays and Fridays, voicing rejection of the "military coup" against elected Morsi, calling for his reinstatement, and demanding retribution for hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters, who died during the dispersal of two pro-Morsi camps in Cairo on 14 August by security forces.

The Egyptian interim-government, which has accused Morsi's supporters of committing "terrorist acts" against their opponents, has repeatedly declared that there is no going back on the army-backed post-Morsi political roadmap, which entails holding parliamentary and presidential elections, as well as a referendum on the amended 2012 constitution within less than a year.

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