Friday 23 February 2018

Egyptian groups plan street rallies

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry coffins, covered with the national flag in Cairo (AP)
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi carry coffins, covered with the national flag in Cairo (AP)
Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi chant angry slogans as they carry coffins, covered with national flags in Cairo (AP)
Supporters and opponents of Egypt's Islamist President Mohammed Morsi clash in Cairo, Egypt (AP/Hassan Ammar)
An opponent of ousted president Mohammed Morsi takes cover below a makeshift shield during clashes with Muslim Brotherhood supporters (AP)
Protesters react after Egyptian security forces open fire on supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi (AP)
Egyptian army soldiers are seen near the University of Cairo, in Giza (AP)
An anit-Morsi protester holds a poster of Lt Gen Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Egyptian Army Commander in Chief, during a rally in Tahrir Square (AP)

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is calling for protests to denounce the military's toppling of President Mohammed Morsi, while opponents of the ousted Islamist leader also are urging supporters to take to the streets for mass rallies.

The calls for competing rallies have renewed fears of street violence, two days after clashes between the rival camps left at least 36 people dead and more than 1,000 wounded.

The Brotherhood, which helped propel Mr Morsi to power as Egypt's first democratically elected leader, has denounced the military takeover as a "coup," and is demanding he be reinstated.

The collection of liberal, secular and youth groups that spearheaded the campaign to oust Mr Morsi, meanwhile, have called for a mass rally in Cairo's Tahrir Square to support the country's new interim government.

Press Association

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