Supporters of Mohamed Morsi have taken to the streets of the Egyptian capital, Cairo, to demand the reinstatement of the deposed president.
Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters on Tuesday joined a rally called by the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo’s Nasr City, to denounce what they call a military coup against democracy.
After days of nationwide anti-government protests, Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3 and the chief justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mansour, was sworn in the next day as the interim president of Egypt.
Over 130 protesters have lost their lives and hundreds of others have been detained in protests that broke out two weeks ago and turned violent following the army’s intervention.
On Monday, at least 51 people, mostly Morsi supporters, were killed in clashes with the security forces outside the Republican Guard barracks in Cairo. Officials say at least 650 people were arrested in the incident.
The development came after the army opened fire on the supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in the capital, prompting the Brotherhood to call for an uprising against the military.
There seems no end in sight to tensions in Egypt as a timetable laid out by Mansour for new elections is faced with growing opposition.
Essam al-Erian, a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood, said on Tuesday that the plan for constitutional changes and a vote next year “brings the country back to square one.”
Egypt’s opposition Tamarod movement also dismissed the interim charter as “dictatorial” and a “setback to the revolution.”
By Press TV
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