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Pro-Morsi Protesters Call for Monday Marches

July 29, 2013

by VOA News

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi are calling for evening marches Monday at security administration buildings, as they remain defiant in the face of the military's move to install an interim government nearly a month ago.

In a statement Monday, pro-Morsi groups also urged Egyptians to gather Tuesday for a "million person march" for those who oppose Morsi's ouster and want to "reclaim their freedom and dignity."

Egypt's army has warned Morsi's supporters to stay away from military facilities, especially military intelligence headquarters. It says the sites are vitally important, and that anyone approaching them would be in danger.

Meanwhile, European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton is in Cairo for talks with Egypt's interim leaders, her second visit to the country in a month.

Tensions between the military and pro-Morsi loyalists continued Sunday, with protesters standing their ground outside the Raba'a al-Adawiya mosque near Cairo University. The government has warned it will break up demonstrations and sit-ins against the president's ouster.

On Saturday, clashes with security forces left at least 74 people dead and 800 others wounded.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement said police and armed men opened fire Saturday when protesters tried to expand their sit-in camp by moving onto a nearby main avenue outside the mosque.

Egyptian officials deny the accusations, saying that police only fired tear gas and that pro-Morsi marchers were responsible for the violence.

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