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Morsi supporters hold fresh demo in Cairo's Nasr City

Iran Press TV

Wed Jul 10, 2013 10:6PM GMT

Supporters of the Mohamed Morsi have held a demonstration in the Egyptian capital Cairo to demand the reinstatement of the deposed president.

Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters on Wednesday joined a rally called by the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo’s Nasr City to denounce what they call a military coup against democracy.

The rallies once again gained momentum after Egypt’s prosecutor general ordered the arrest of Muslim Brotherhood leaders, including the supreme leader of the group, Mohammed Badie, on charges of inciting violence.

The Brotherhood members face arrest in connection with the July 8 violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, which led to 84 deaths.

Badie's deputy, Mahmoud Ezzat, and party leaders, Essam El-Erian and Mohamed el-Beltagy, are also among the suspects.

Egypt’s judicial sources say that 200 people have been indicted for the bloodshed on July 8. They will be held for 15 days pending investigations into accusations of murder, incitement to violence, and carrying unlicensed weapons.

Meanwhile, Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party rejected offers by the country’s new Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawi to join the interim government.

“We reject all that comes from this coup,” spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, Tareq al-Morsi, said in a statement on Wednesday.

The group said that it will not hold talks with the interim government until Morsi is reinstated as the president.

On July 3, Egyptian army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president.

Since then, Egypt has been the scene of rival rallies and clashes between thousands of the supporters and opponents of the ousted president.

Morsi is reportedly being held “preventively” by the military. Senior army officials say he might face formal charges over accusations made by his opponents.


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