Egypt crisis: Voices from both sides

As supporters and opponents of the ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi continue to protest in Egypt, we speak to three Egyptians to get their reaction to the fast-moving political events in their country over the past two weeks.

Salma Ashraf, Cairo

"I was shocked when Morsi was ousted.

In fact, I don't know which was more shocking - the removal and arrest of the Muslim Brotherhood leadership or the killings [of more than 50 Morsi loyalists, in clashes with the army last Monday].

It is hard to explain how we, as Morsi supporters, have felt.

People are still so angry. We are still protesting now, as we did when he was removed.

We will continue to protest and stage sit-ins until he is returned to power. There are still very large numbers of people on the streets as we speak.

I don't think the army will repeat [Monday's] massacre, as the eyes of the world are on us now.

But we are expecting anything to happen, as we don't trust the army.

The people who were protesting against Morsi need to realise that they have been used by the army and the changes that they are demanding will not happen."

Abdel Rahman Ibrahim, Alexandria

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Media captionAbdel Rahman Ibrahim, 18, from Alexandria, discusses the current political situation in Egypt.

"It's hard to deny that what has happened here over the past couple of weeks is a complete disaster.

I was no supporter of Mohammed Morsi but I didn't agree with the protests.

At first [after he was ousted], I was relieved it was all over. But now what we are seeing is the exclusion of the Muslim Brotherhood.

I feel we are heading into another situation like the one we saw under [former President Hosni] Mubarak.

Morsi is not coming back. We ousted a free and democratically elected leader, but he is gone and now we must move forward.

The protests need to stop, on both sides. And the violence must stop against supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood. We need to understand that these people are Egyptians, just like us.

The timeframe for a new constitution needs to be greatly shortened to a maximum of six months, so we can move towards new elections as soon as possible.

Delaying everything further will not be good for anyone.

I am very sceptical about what will happen here in the coming months, as many others are. It's not a very optimistic situation."

Atef Rezk Kalla, Alexandria

"After the indescribable joy we felt when the army announced that Morsi had been ousted, of course we were worried that there would a violent reaction.

But I must say that I expected more violence than what we have seen.

Of course there have been some serious clashes, but thankfully the violence has not been as bad as we had expected.

The army appear to have the situation under control and are closely monitoring everything that is happening on the streets.

They are not interfering with the political process so far.

Now we must concentrate on putting together a new constitution and fresh elections.

The most important thing now is a new constitution, with amendments.

People also need to be patient. It may take years for us to understand what real democracy is.

What happened here last year was not real democracy. The president elected then was not doing his job, so it was not a coup [when he was ousted].

Yes, people are frustrated and annoyed, but they have to be prepared for the fact that it will take time to establish real democracy in Egypt."