Egypt's Brotherhood wants fresh protests

2013-08-29 18:30
A man sifts through debris at the burnt Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa, AP)

A man sifts through debris at the burnt Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City, Egypt. (Ahmed Gomaa, AP)

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Cairo - Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is ramping up calls for nationwide protests, urging people to take to the streets against the new military-backed government.

In a pre-recorded message aired late on Wednesday on one of Al-Jazeera's Arabic news channels, top Brotherhood figure Essam el-Erian called on people to rise against the "failed, bloody military regime".

The Interior Ministry says its police forces are on high alert in preparation for the protests, which have turned deadly.

How people respond to calls for Friday protests and sit-ins will test whether the Brotherhood can still mobilise its base amid a fierce security crackdown against the group.

Hundreds of Brotherhood members have been killed and arrested since the 3 July coup that ousted president Mohammed Morsi, a long-time leader in the Islamist group.

Read more on:    muslim brotherhood  |  mohammed morsi  |  egypt  |  egypt protests  |  north africa  |  egypt crisis

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