Pro-Morsi coalition calls for further protests

Ahram Online , Saturday 31 Aug 2013

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy remains defiant despite arrests of its leaders and low mobilisation

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, the pro-Mohamed Morsi umbrella group calling for the deposed president's reinstatement, has called for fresh protests for the upcoming week despite the relatively low turnout its recent protests has yielded.

The alliance, an Islamic coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood, said in a statement Saturday that it will continue to oppose what it says was a “coup” against Morsi when the army ousted him 3 July amid mass popular protests.

The alliance called on people to take to the streets daily in demonstrations dubbed “The people continue their revolution,” despite the recent arrests of tens of its leaders.

On Friday, demonstrations took place in several cities across Egypt. However, none of the rallies came close to approaching the hundreds of thousands of demonstrators organised by the alliance before.

Seven civilians were killed in clashes that broke out at several rallies, while tens were detained by police nationwide.

A policeman and a civilian were shot dead Friday when unknown assailants in two private cars opened fire indiscriminately at a police unit in El-Nozha area in Cairo's Heliopolis district. Another polieceman was injured in the incident.

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