Friday, August 2, 2013

Morsi supporters defiant after government warning that protest camps will be removed
Supporters of the deposed Egyptian president Mohammed Morsi remain defiant in spite of a warning by the government that it is ready to take action to finish off their protest camps in Cairo. The government took this decion on Wednesday and the Interior Ministery promised protesters on Thursday a safe exit if they leave the Cairo and Giza sit-ins “quickly.”
 In a statement, the ministry urged them "to rethink their positions and listen to the country's best interests. They must leave quickly and clear the sit-ins." The ministry said it was “committed to providing a safe exit and full protection for all who listen to the call and leave the sit-in for the sake of the country's stability."
However the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, and the Anti-Coup Pro-democracy Alliance – led by the Brotherhood – responded to the interior ministry's warning in a declaration that
'' they do not recognize the coup government or its decisions or negotiations.'' The alliance said that the demonstrations '' will continue in spite of threats'' and ''will not give up its right to protest peacefully.'' .The statement added that "the Alliance affirms that the Egyptian people will remain steadfast in their revolution against the coup, which has brought back the police state in its worst incarnations."
Confrontations between Morsi's supporters and the police near their sit-in at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya sit-in in Nasr City led to over 80 deaths and hundreds of injuries on Saturday. Earlier Morsi's supporters suffered at least 50 dead at the headquarters of the Republican Guard, when the military personnel  opened fire at them after claiming they were attacked.
Millions of Egyptians took to the streets on 26 July after army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi – the leader behind the 3 July military intervention – called the Egyptians to come to the streets and protest against "violence and terrorism", by which he meant the resistance by the Morsi supporters.

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