Islamist supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi refused to abandon their protest camps in Cairo on Monday and said they would fend off any police crackdown with sticks, stones and their faith.
Security sources and a government official had said on Sunday that police action to dismantle the camps would begin at dawn despite the risk of violent clashes. But nothing transpired during the course of the day.
At the al-Nahda camp, centered round a traffic circle and extending down a palm tree-lined boulevard next to the city zoo, protesters lolled in the shade of tents away from the mid-afternoon sun. The mood was solemn but not fearful.
Representatives of Egypt’s military leaders continue to insist that Morsi supporters have been violent during the protests; however, protesters continue to deny the accusations, and insist they have no plans to leave. One protester even told Reuters that they’ve “been [demonstrating] for 28 days and will stay until I die” if that is what it takes to see Morsi return to office.
15:01 // 8 months ago
Egypt’s new rulers said on Wednesday vigils by supporters of deposed President Mohamed Mursi threatened national security, and signaled that they would end them, setting up a potentially bloody showdown with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Thousands of Mursi’s Brotherhood supporters have camped out for a month at two sites in Cairo to protest against the army’s overthrow of Egypt’s first freely elected president on July 3.
Almost 300 people have been killed in weeks of violence since the army deposed Mursi, including at least 80 when security forces fired on his supporters marching from the main vigil at a mosque in northern Cairo.
Several top Brotherhood leaders will also soon be charged with inciting violence, according to unidentified Reuters’ sources in the Egyptian judicial system, including Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie. The Muslim Brotherhood remained defiant following the government’s statement, saying they “don’t recognize this government” or the laws it creates.
17:16 // 8 months ago
Egypt’s top generals on Monday gave President Mohamed Morsi 48 hours to respond to a wave of mass protests demanding his ouster, declaring that if he did not, then the military leaders themselves would impose their own “road map” to resolve the political crisis.
Their statement, in the form a communiqué read over state television, plunged the military back to the center of political life just 10 months after they handed full power to Mr. Morsi as Egypt’s first democratically elected leader.
The communiqué was issued following an increasingly violent weekend of protests by millions of Egyptians angry with Mr. Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood backers. It came hours after protesters destroyed the Brotherhood’s headquarters in Cairo.
At least six people were killed in the attack on the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters Monday morning, and it’s being reported that local police forces refused to protect the building (or those inside) due to their own unhappiness with Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Dozens of sexual assaults have also been reported by activists currently camped out in Tahrir Square.
14:56 // 9 months ago
tiptoelightlypastmymind says: Do you know if any of the main television networks in the US have picked up on Turkey yet? I honestly had no clue until another post crossed my tumblr dashboard this morning... which makes me wonder if the general public is still pretty clueless as to what's going on.
» SFB says: While I haven’t tapped into a TV today (I don’t watch TV on the regular), it’s a fairly sizable story, and one of CNN’s main online feeds is currently dedicated to the situation in Turkey. — Ernie @ SFB
14:19 // 10 months ago