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Islamists vow further protests amid crackdown

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Thursday’s call for further protests was immediately followed by an interior ministry warning that live ammunition will be used on protesters who attack public institutions

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi demonstrate in Maadi on the outskirts of Cairo, August 23, 2013 (AFP/File, Gianluigi Guercia)

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi demonstrate in Maadi on the outskirts of Cairo, August 23, 2013 (AFP/File, Gianluigi Guercia)

AFP – Supporters of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi vowed more rallies and called for marches on Friday despite a harsh police crackdown on their movement.

Thursday’s call for further protests, as police continue rounding up Islamists, was immediately followed by an interior ministry warning that live ammunition will be used on protesters who attack public institutions.

“We welcome any calls for calm, but we will continue protesting in a peaceful manner,” Salah Gomaa, a member of the Anti-Coup Alliance led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, told a news conference.

The Islamist coalition has held almost daily rallies following a deadly police operation on August 14 to disperse their two protest camps in Cairo.

More than 1,000 people were killed in the operation and ensuing violence, and police have rounded up more than 2,000 Islamists, according to security sources.

The interior ministry said in a statement that it would forcefully confront any “attempt to affect the stability of public security.”

“In light of calls by wanted leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood for protests on Friday June 30… the interior ministry affirms its forces’ readiness to confront any violation of the law,” it said.

In a statement, the Anti-Coup Alliance called for the release of prisoners and demanded a probe into the violence over the past month.

After arresting much of the movement’s leadership, the police have begun rounding up mid-level operatives around the country.

The crackdown on the Islamists has severely impacted their ability to muster supporters on the street. Last Friday, only several thousand people heeded their call for marches in Cairo.

  • evil empire

    They should keep doing peaceful protests against Nazis, but there is going to be a time when they need to fight against fascists. prepare for that time with modern weapons.

    • very very critical

      Evil empire … your ignorance is beyond normal limits. Do not parrot ideas and thoughts you do not understand. People like you are the source of trouble in Egypt!!! Rebent!!!

  • abdul .a. shaiky

    only two countries are created on the name of religion.
    one is Pakistan..1947. 2nd is Israeal in 1948.
    Saudi kingdom was establish for the family of al Saud not on religion.!!
    why all HYPOCRATES OF Egypt,USA And others do not want Israeal as a secular free democratic country with all human rights of her citizens.!!
    SHAME ON ALL SECULAR FORCES OF THE WORLD.!!!
    In Pakistan and Bangla desh all islamist are terrorist.!!! Dajjal USA.!!
    They want to destroy the sheas Islamic systems of IRAN but not of JEWISH ISRAEL.
    SHAME ON ALL SECULAR FORCE.!!
    I LIKE SECULAR DEMOCRETIC SYSTEMS BUT NOT ONLY FOR ISLAMIC COUNTRIES.!!! STOP HYPOCRACY.!!!

  • Mahmud Abdullah

    Struggle for restoration of democracy will continue; protests and demonstrations for reinstatement of democratically elected president Mohammed Morsi will be renewed, intensified and will gain more momentum. Egypt will return to democracy; president Mohammed Morsi will be reinstated, Allah willing. President Mohammed Morsi is now not only president of Egypt but also of millions of millions of people around the world who believe in democracy, verdict of people and democratically held elections, who upholds democratic values and norms, who cherish and long for peace, harmony, stability, progress, prosperity and development.

    • very very critical

      Thank you propaganda department of the Brothers!! You are doing a great job!! Wish you spend your time doing a piece of honest work! Do you know what that is???

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  • Sammyb

    Abdullah is an Islamist and a Brother Hoodlums member, his job is to toot their horn, I’m not just accusing him, just read his comments and you be the judge!

  • HHH

    Since when did “Islamists” become an adjective? Fucking word pisses me off everytime I hear it.


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