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Pro-Morsi alliance calls on army, police 'not to attack their brothers'

Supporters of deposed president plan on holding rallies on Monday to demand the return of the Islamist leader

Ahram Online, Monday 12 Aug 2013
Rabaa Adawiya
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi attend Friday prayers during a rally around Rabaa Adawiya square where they are camping, in Cairo (Photo: Reuters)

The pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy is calling for a march in downtown Cairo on Monday afternoon. The march will leave from Fath mosque in Ramsees Square following noon prayers, but a final destination was not specified.

“We reiterate our insistence on our demands, which is the return of full the legitimate president with his full powers, the constitution that the people approved, the Shura council; and an end to the coup d’etat,” read the statement published by the alliance.

The statement stressed that the alliance will not welcome dialogue with “elements that took part in the coup d’etat or supported it or caused dreadful massacres.”

“Those elements are not welcome because they’re not objective and they’re partners in the crime,” added the statement.

Meanwhile, Regarding media reports that claimed that pro-Morsi sit-ins will be dispersed in the early hours of Monday, the alliance affirmed that their protests will remain peaceful but it will not allow an attack peaceful protesters.

The alliance went on to demand that the pro-Morsi sit-ins not be dispersed by force.

“We remind our sons and brothers from the great Egyptian army and the men of the ministry of interior not to attack their peaceful brothers or besiege them or shed their blood.”

On Wednesday, Egypt's presidency issued a statement describing the Brotherhood-led sit-ins as non-peaceful. PM Hazem El-Beblawi also said in a televised speech that the decision to disperse the pro-Morsi sit-ins is final.

Supporters of Morsi — the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist allies — have been staging two sit-ins, at Rabaa Al-Adawiya in the Nasr City district of Cairo and Al-Nahda Square in Giza, as well as daily rallies demanding Morsi's reinstatement since his popularly-backed army ouster 3 July.

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