Egypt braces for more protests

2013-07-12 11:33
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Cairo - Backers and opponents of Mohammed Morsi are to hold rival rallies in Cairo on Friday, raising fears of violence over the military's overthrow of the Islamist president.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group will hold a mass protest in eastern Cairo to demand his reinstatement. The group has denounced Morsi's overthrow as a coup and vowed peaceful protests until its demands are met.

The army this month removed Morsi - the country's first democratically elected president - after millions of Egyptians took to the streets demanding his resignation.

His opponents, mostly liberals, plan to hold a mass rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square to demand that the military-backed interim president amends a road map that includes drafting a new constitution and holding presidential and parliamentary elections.

Dozens have been killed in violence since Morsi's toppling on 3 July. More than 50 Brotherhood supporters were killed this week when the army opened fire on protesters outside a building where Morsi is believed to be held. The army said gunmen attacked first.

Gunmen on Friday attacked a police armoured vehicle in the Sinai Peninsula, killing a senior officer and injuring 25 policemen.

On Wednesday, an army general survived an attack in Sinai.


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