Pro- and Anti-Morsi protesters stage fresh rallies in Cairo
Iran Press TV
Fri Jul 12, 2013 2:16PM GMT
Thousands of supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, have held fresh rival rallies across the Egyptian capital amid simmering political tensions in the country.
Morsi's supporters gathered on Friday outside the Rabaah el-Adawiya Mosque in an eastern Cairo district to call for his reinstatement.
Muslim Brotherhood, the influential group from which Morsi emerged, has vowed to keep protesting until he is reinstated.
Hundreds of Egyptian soldiers and police in riot gear massed near pro-Morsi demonstrations.
Morsi's opponents are planning rallies at the iconic Liberation Square, including a mass Iftar (fast-breaking meal) on the first Friday of the fasting month of Ramadan.
Meanwhile, Egypt’s interim government has stepped up its crackdown on the movement, ordering the arrest of Brotherhood's spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie.
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed concern over the detention of political activists in Egypt.
In a phone conversation with Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Kamel Amr on Thursday, Ban said, “There is no place for retribution or for the exclusion of any major party or community in Egypt.”
The military's overthrow of Morsi on July 3 has sparked deadly clashes and deepened divisions in the North African country.
Morsi's supporters say they are not seeking confrontation or violence. However, protests against last week’s coup have turned violent on several occasions.
The army has used force to disperse demonstrators, killing dozens of people in Cairo. In the worst incident on Monday, more than 80 protesters who were mostly Morsi’s supporters were killed.
Morsi was unseated on July 3 and the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was sworn in as interim president the following day.
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