Mursi Supporters Stage Defiant Rallies in Egypt
- August, 03, 2013 - 14:42
- World news
TEHRAN (Tasnim) - Supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi fortify camps and hold further protests after being told police would disperse them soon.
Supporters of Egypt's deposed President Mohamed Mursi have staged fresh rallies, raising fears of renewed violence amid warnings from the interim government that police will disperse them soon.
Demonstrators began their marches after prayers on Friday, pouring out of several Cairo mosques and heading towards their key Rabaa al-Adawiya protest site, Aljazeera reported.
They called for the reinstatement of Mursi after his removal by the Egyptian armed forces following massive protests against his rule and against his party, the Muslim Brotherhood.
On Friday, thousands of protesters chanted "down with (the Commander of Armed Forces) Sisi, Mursi is our president," as they waved Egyptian flags and posters of the deposed leader.
In the 6th October suburb of the capital, police fired tear gas in to disperse Mursi's supporters after they tried to storm the Media Production City, where satellite television channels are based.
A security forces helicopter flew over head as ambulances sped into the area, and protesters threw gas canisters back towards the police.
The siege at two Cairo sit-in sites, Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares, will begin within 48 hours, Egypt TV reported. It said authorities will let people leave, but not allow anyone else in.
The stand-off raises fears of new violence. More than 250 people have been killed since Mursi's ouster.