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Egypt military warns against violence ahead of Friday rallies

Iran Press TV

Fri Jul 19, 2013 12:40PM GMT

The Egyptian military and interim government have warned against violence as supporters and opponents of the ousted president Mohamed Morsi prepare to hold fresh rival rallies.

The military said on Friday it will use the "utmost firmness" against violent protesters.

"Whoever resorts to violence and deviates from peacefulness in Friday's rallies will put his life in danger," the military said in a statement.

Egypt's interim President Adly Mansour said some elements in the country are trying to cause chaos.

He pledged to restore security and protect Egypt against those who seek violence.

'They want this period to be an introduction to violence and blood, and we want it to establish … the concept of protecting lives and human rights,' Mansour said in his eight-minute, pre-recorded message broadcast on state television.

Muslim Brotherhood and its allies have called for nationwide protests on Friday in solidarity with Morsi, considered by his supporters as the legitimate leader of the country.

Egypt's army tightened security outside key state institutions ahead of rival protest rallies by backers and opponents of the toppled president. Hundreds of Soldiers were manning checkpoints on all arterial access roads to Cairo - the hub

Rival rallies have continued nonstop in Egypt since Morsi's overthrow in a military coup a few weeks ago.

Dozens of people have since been killed in the wave of violent clashes between Morsi supporters, his opponents and security forces.

JR/KA



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