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Morsi supporters to hold million-man march in Egypt

Iran Press TV

Mon Jul 29, 2013 10:6AM GMT

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi have called for a million-man march on Tuesday, despite warnings of decisive action by authorities.

“We call for a million person march under the banner of ‘Martyrs of the Coup’ on Tuesday,” said the Anti-Coup Alliance of Islamist Groups in a statement issued on Monday.

The groups organizing the pro-Morsi protests demanded that the demonstrators march on security administration buildings throughout Egypt to condemn the “criminal acts and the firing of live ammunition by the interior ministry at peaceful demonstrators.”

They also asked Egyptians to go out into the streets and squares, to “regain their freedom and dignity - that are being usurped by the bloody coup - and for the rights of the martyrs assassinated by its bullets.”

The call comes as Morsi’s supporters continued their march on the military intelligence headquarters in Cairo amid a looming state of emergency by the army.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Murad Ali said in the early hours of Monday that the demonstrators had set off from Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque in the north of the capital.

The army warned the Morsi supporters “not to come close to military facilities in general, and the headquarters of military intelligence specifically.”

On Sunday, interim President Adli Mansour granted new emergency powers to Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi.

Egypt’s National Defense council has warned that security forces will take “decisive action” if protesters “exceed their rights to peaceful, responsible expression of their opinions.”

Tension has intensified in Egypt since the head of Egypt’s armed forces, General Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, announced on July 3 that Morsi was no longer in office. He also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.

On July 27, at least 150 people were killed and scores of others injured in clashes during rival demonstrations by supporters and opponents of Morsi across the country.

The United Nations has strongly condemned the upsurge of violence in Egypt.

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