Egypt to block access to pro-Morsi camp in Cairo

Egypt to block access to pro-Morsi camp in Cairo
Fri Aug 2, 2013 19:33:25

The Egyptian police will block access to a Muslim Brotherhood protest camp in Cairo.

The state TV reported on Friday that “a blockade will be imposed in all the streets leading to Rabaa," referring to Rabaa al-Adawiya, the location of the biggest of two sit-in protests by the Brotherhood in Cairo.

The Egyptian interior ministry was reportedly against the idea of breaking up the sit-in by force.

Supporters of Egypt’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, were set to stage another massive demonstration in Cairo despite heavy security presence across the capital city.

Allaa Mostafa, a spokeswoman for the Anti Coup Alliance, said that pro-Morsi demonstrators will continue “sit-ins and peaceful protests” on Friday against the “coup d’état” in the North African country.

The demonstration is to be held a day after US Secretary of State John Kerry defended Egypt’s military for the ouster of Morsi on July 3, claiming that the Egyptian army acted at the request of millions in order to ‘restore democracy.’

Egypt’s Interior Ministry has called on Morsi supporters to leave their protest camps in the capital, promising them a “safe exit”.

The situation in Egypt remains extremely tense as supporters of Morsi have rejected the interim government’s call for an end to their protests.

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


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