Egypt crisis: Morsi supporters gather for protests

 

Mr Mansour praised the armed forces and the Egyptian people

Supporters of Egypt's ousted president are gathering for protests in the capital to demand his reinstatement.

The army, which removed Mr Morsi and detained him in response to widespread unrest, has said it will allowed peaceful protests.

Adly Mahmud Mansour, the top judge of the constitutional court, is now Egypt's interim leader and has promised that elections will take place soon.

The African Union has announced it will suspend Egypt from all activities.

Admore Kambudzi, secretary of the body's Peace and Security Council, said the move was being taken in line with AU policy "until the restoration of constitutional order".

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The removal of Mr Morsi by the army followed days of mass protests, largely organised by the Tamarod [Rebel] movement.

The protesters accused Mr Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood - the Islamist group of which he is a member - of pursuing an Islamist agenda against the wishes of the majority, and of failing to tackle economic problems.

Mr Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, is in detention, as are senior figures in the Brotherhood. Arrests warrants have been issued for some 300 others.

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The army command has said it will not take "arbitrary measures against any faction or political current" and would guarantee the right to protest, as long as demonstrations did not threaten national security.

"Peaceful protest and freedom of expression are rights guaranteed to everyone, which Egyptians have earned as one of the most important gains of their glorious revolution," it said.

But Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad said the movement was refusing to co-operate with the new leadership and demanded the immediate release of those detained.

At his news conference on Thursday, he said the Brotherhood would take part in "peaceful, people-led protest".

Mohamed Soudan, foreign relations secretary for the Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), said the army action and the arrests were moving Egypt "back to the dictatorship regime".

Army's post-Morsi roadmap

Morsi supporters in Cairo (5 July 2013)
  • Constitution to be suspended temporarily and interim president sworn in
  • "Strong and competent" civilian technocratic government to be installed
  • Supreme Court to pass a draft law on parliamentary election and prepare for parliamentary and presidential polls
  • "Charter of honour" to be drawn up and followed by the media
  • Measures taken to empower young people and a national reconciliation committee to be formed

Thousands of Brotherhood supporters have been camped outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, vowing to stage a "Day of Rejection".

"We came from all of Egypt for one goal only, to return the democratically elected president to the palace," said one man.

The BBC's Rana Jawad in Cairo says some have been calling for the execution of Gen Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who announced the ousting of Mr Morsi.

Tanks and military personnel have been deployed to potential flashpoints in the capital and the mood is tense, says our correspondent.

On Friday, troops were deployed in Mr Morsi's hometown of Zagazig, in Shariqiya province, after rival protesters clashed. The health ministry said 80 people had been injured.

Some 50 people have died since the latest unrest began on Sunday.

Mohamed ElBaradei - a leading opposition figure who backed the overthrow of Mr Morsi - said the army's intervention had been "painful" but was on behalf of the people and ultimately averted civil war.

"Mr Morsi unfortunately undermined his own legitimacy," he told the BBC.

He said elections would be held within a year at the most as the army had no intention of ruling.

He had urged the military to treat Mr Morsi with "full dignity as a former president", he said, and hoped detained Muslim Brotherhood members would be released.

Egypt's revolution - key events

  • 11 February 2011 - Hosni Mubarak resigns as president after two weeks of massive street protests and violent clashes
  • January 2012 - Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated Freedom and Justice Party wins parliamentary elections with almost half of the vote
  • June 2012 - Mohammed Morsi becomes Egypt's first freely elected president
  • 22 November 2012 - Mr Morsi issues a controversial decree granting himself extensive powers - after angry protests, he eventually rescinds most of it
  • 3 July 2013 - The army suspends the constitution and removes Mr Morsi from power

Mr Mansour was sworn in as interim head of state on Thursday, vowing to safeguard "the spirit of the revolution" which had removed Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011.

He has invited the Brotherhood "to participate in building the nation".

The army's roadmap for the post-Morsi era includes:

  • Suspension of the constitution
  • A civilian, transitional technocratic government
  • Supreme constitutional court to prepare for presidential and parliamentary elections
  • A "charter of honour" to be drawn up and followed by national media

Early on Friday, one soldier was reported killed after Islamist militants attacked military and police checkpoints in the Sinai Peninsula with rockets and mortar fire.

Security checkpoints at al-Arish airport, near the border with Israel and the Gaza Strip, and a police station in Rafah were targeted, officials said.

Sinai has seen a series of militant attacks on security installations and oil pipelines over the past two years, and it is unclear whether the latest attacks are linked to the political upheaval.

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 287.

    285.Da_Happy_Londoner
    You'd think you'd give up after the kicking you've taken today...

    SInce you're getting the story from this site, please at least try and quote it correctly. It's not been confirmed who shot who - you can probabaly put a good bet on the fact it was somebody trying to storm an army line though. Clever...

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    Comment number 286.

    @272.Da_Happy_Londoner

    Thank you,glad you reposted, I was wondering what was in deleted post!
    If such violence continued then yes I definatly would what the current goverment to be removed, but I don't think a few days after a revolution when the country is still in chaos is the right time to decide.I was hopeful for Morsi a year ago,but in the last year he showed his hard line islamic policy

  • rate this
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    Comment number 285.

    The Egyptian army has started shooting Morsi demonstrators! The muslim Brotherhood when in government never called FOR ANY violent actions to be taken against the protestors!
    Those who supported the coup :( protestors now get shot! That's the 'new' Egypt you have 'cheered' in! I am sure the army shooting protestors will be 'justified' - just like the illegal coup was :( Broken moral compasses!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 284.

    279.Pandora
    "Bring back Pharaohs! They did a lot of contribution to Egyptian Society."
    =
    Ha! Moses would disagree. But, Stargate viewership would be massive.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 283.

    Morsi is not wise leader. He should have learned from past leader to avoid building his own party power. Instead he has become bias with his Muslim Brotherhood. Only separate state and religion can promote better and give truly democracy to citizens.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 282.

    Stop reading anything else and read the truth from Turkish perscpective: My Appeal to the American People.
    http://www.brighteningglance.org/my-appeal-to-the-american-people-by-admiral-tuumlrker-ertuumlrk-ret.html

  • rate this
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    Comment number 281.

    "Sally
    I just want to rule myself, and engage with other voluntarily"

    Much as one would like to think relationships between adults and states should be ruled by the behaviour we expect of adults, experience shows that doesn't happen. Nations behave more like children in a playground and the same applies in politics. Splendid isolation sounds great in theory until someone decides to trample on it.

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    Comment number 280.

    272.Da_Happy_Londoner
    "@254.WeirdAlex. I am sorry as you have said nothing anti Islamic!"

    That's right, you can call off your hit now.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 279.

    Bring back Pharaohs! They did a lot of contribution to Egyptian Society.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 278.

    Morsi was removed by the WILL OF more than 33 Million people. IF that is not the will of the people I don't know what is.
    Every educated Egyptian with a brain is thanking God right now that this virus is gone. Both muslims and christians are over the moon this nightmare is over. United States, stick to your own business. WE ARE FINE THANK YOU>

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    Comment number 277.

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    Comparisons stating the similarity between Islam and Christianity is utterly disingenuous, The tenets of Christianity (mercy, forgiveness, equality) can be found throughout our laws, laws that Muslims take for granted. Now compare with Saudi Arabia, or any other Muslim country!

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 276.

    Britain needs to fix Britain.
    Good luck to the people of Egypt but this is their business.

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    Comment number 275.

    250.Sally
    I just want to rule myself, and engage with other voluntarily.
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    I'm sure your heart is in the right place and that you believe John Galt has all the answers. But in reality John Galt is fictional and people in the real world will always vie for power and influence, only through equal opportunity and education can fight our baser instincts.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 274.

    Over 300 years ago we cut the head off a King. We don't onw any high ground.

    Western politicians should watch Egypt and worry about not keeping their promises. A lot of people in the West are pretty angry too.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 273.

    If David Cameron (or any Western leader) had done the things Morsi has done he would have been arrested.
    And Morsi HAS been arrested - but by the army and not the police.
    BBC please take off your rose tinted specs when reporting the Muslim Brotherhood - it's embarrassing!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 272.

    @254.WeirdAlex
    seems my apology got removed! I am sorry as you have said nothing anti Islamic!
    The Egyptian army has started shooting at Morsi supporters! So Morsi supporters are now being persecuted like the Coptic Christians were! I guess you will now support them and call for the current government to be overthrown! If not .why not?

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    Comment number 271.

    Egyptians have to learn that if the majority elect a president, they are stuck with the president, good or bad, for the period he is elected for. Until they understand that, they can't say they understand democracy. They are surely leaving themselves to exploitation by others, and there are many who will exploit the situation. What a joke they are calling democracy.

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    Comment number 270.

    256: Rohm was even a gay nazi which just shows EXACTLY how complicated the situation was. I hate this 'left' 'right' terminology as it promotes stupid over simplification. The worst is that "right" = "racist" which implies that the "left" never are. Especially at extremes it becomes even more silly. Hitler & Stalin have more in common than Bush & Obama.

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    Comment number 269.

    The situation in Egypt is part of the revolution - It wil affect many regions now -

  • Comment number 268.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

 

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