News / Middle East

Morsi Opponents Stage Massive Cairo Rally

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against him and brotherhood members during a protest at Tahrir square in Cairo, June 30, 2013.
Protesters opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi shout slogans against him and brotherhood members during a protest at Tahrir square in Cairo, June 30, 2013.
Edward Yeranian
Egypt's Interior Ministry says three-million protesters turned out Sunday to demand the resignation of embattled President Mohamed Morsi.  The large crowds resembled demonstrations during the country's January 25th Revolution in 2011, which toppled veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.

Tens of thousands of protesters turned out Sunday in Cairo's iconic Tahrir Square, braving the summer heat, to demand the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi and early presidential elections.  Crowds swelled throughout the afternoon as demonstrators arrived from across the city.

Top opposition leaders Mohamed Elbaradei and Amr Moussa marched along with supporters from outlying districts into the already overflowing crowd in Tahrir Square.  Army helicopters circled over the city center, drawing periodic applause from those below.

A smaller crowd of Morsi supporters demonstrated for the third consecutive day in front of the Rouba Adawiya Mosque near the presidential palace. Muslim clerics told the crowd the president was “legitimately elected” and “must not be toppled” by street crowds.

Anti-Morsi activists, under the banner of a newly formed group calling itself “Tamarud” or “Rebellion” claim to have gathered 22-million signatures demanding that Morsi step down.  His supporters claim to have gathered 11-million signatures calling for him to stay on.

In Egypt's second largest city of Alexandria, thousands of anti-Morsi protesters took to the streets in mostly peaceful protests, unlike violent clashes Friday.  Arab TV channels showed thousands of protesters in other cities, including Port Said, Qena, Mahalla al Kubra and Bani Sueif.

Clashes were reported overnight in Bani Sueif, where a Muslim Brotherhood political office was reportedly torched.  At least a half dozen other Muslim Brotherhood offices have been sacked during the past 72 hours.

Egyptian state TV reported security forces arrested a number of armed agitators, showing video of guns and other weapons it said were confiscated.  Al Arabiya TV reported that a group of armed trouble-makers was also stopped before it could enter Tahrir Square.

Presidential spokesman Ehab Fahmy told journalists that “differing opinions” and “public protests” were “part and parcel of a free society,” but urged Egyptians to avoid sectarian strife and violence. He says it is the responsibility of all Egyptians to avoid bloodshed and Egyptian security forces are working diligently to prevent violence.

The presidential spokesman also responded to a reporter's question about an alleged offer by the Egyptian military to mediate between President Morsi and his opponents by saying that the army has a “limited role related to border security” and is “not needed for mediation.”

You May Like

Photogallery South Africa Bans Travelers From Ebola-stricken Countries

South Africans returning from affected West African countries will be thoroughly screened, required to fill out medical questionnaire, health minister says More

Multimedia UN Launches ‘Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years’ in Iraq

Move aims to help thousands of Iraqi religious minorities who fled their homes as Kurdish, Iraqi government forces battle Sunni insurgents More

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

IT specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about disease More

This forum has been closed.
Comment Sorting
Comments
     
by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
June 30, 2013 4:19 PM
President Morsi of Egypt is worse than Hosni Mubarrak. While Hosni Mubarrack was President there was freedom for minorities and women, economic development, tourism and peace where as after Morsi cam to power, it is dictatorship of Moslem Brotherhood, no freedom for other minority religions and women, no tourism and economic disaster. Both Morsi and Hitler came to power democratically, but turned out to be dictators. Egyptians now regret the Arab Spring that brought Morsi into power. Egypt is going into the Arab Darkness.

In Response

by: alibaba from: new york
June 30, 2013 4:36 PM
I agree


by: alibaba from: new york
June 30, 2013 12:10 PM
It is the economy stupid. the Muslim brotherhood had used deception and lair to get in power. They make the Egyptian illiterate believe that Mubarak is the reason of Egyptian hardship . they said that Mubarak stole billions of money. now they are in power and situation ,the economic crisis is getting worst. the people are fed up from broken promises. .the second revolution will not improve the economy. the situation is bleak and second violent revaluation is inevitable

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbasi
X
Scott Stearns
August 21, 2014 9:20 PM
The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Gaza Conflict, Hamas Popularity Challenge Abbas

The Palestinian unity government of Mahmoud Abbas has failed to convince Hamas to agree to Egyptian-negotiated terms with Israel on a Gaza cease-fire. VOA State Department Correspondent Scott Stearns reports on what the Gaza conflict means for President Abbas, with whom U.S. officials have worked for years on a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Video

Video Nigeria's 'Nollywood' Movie Industry Rolls in High Gear

Twenty years after its birth in a video shop in Lagos, Nigeria's "Nollywood" is one of the most prolific film industries on earth. Despite low budgets and whirlwind production schedules, Nigerian films are wildly popular in Africa and industry professionals say they hope, in the future, their films will be as great in quality as they are in quantity. Heather Murdock has more for VOA from Lagos.
Video

Video UN Launches 'Biggest Aid Operation in 30 Years' in Iraq

The United Nations has launched what it describes as one of the biggest aid operations in 30 years in northern Iraq, as hundreds of thousands of refugees flee the extremist Sunni militant group calling itself the Islamic State. As Kurdish and Iraqi forces battle the Sunni insurgents, the fighting has forced more people to flee their homes. Kurdish authorities say the international community must act now to avert a humanitarian catastrophe. Henry Ridgwell reports for VOA from London.
Video

Video Cambodian American Hip Hop Artist Sings of Personal Struggles

A growing underground movement of Cambodian American hip hop artists is rapping about the struggles of living in urban America. Most, if not all of them, are refugees or children of refugees who came to the United States from Cambodia to escape the Khmer Rouge genocide of the 1970s. Through their music, the artists hope to give voice to immigrants who have been struggling quietly for years. Elizabeth Lee reports from Long Beach, California.
Video

Video African Media Tries to Educate Public About Ebola

While the Ebola epidemic continues to claim lives in West Africa, information technology specialists, together with radio and TV reporters, are battling misinformation and prejudice about the disease - using social media to educate the public about the deadly virus. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Ferguson Calls for Justice as Anger, Violence Grips Community

Violence, anger and frustration continue to grip the small St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. Protests broke out after a white police officer fatally shot an unarmed black teenager on August 9. The case has sparked outrage around the nation and prompted the White House to send U.S. Attorney Eric Holder to the small community of just over 20,000 people. VOA’s Mary Alice Salinas has more from Ferguson.
Video

Video Beheading Of US Journalist Breeds Outrage

U.S. and British authorities have launched an investigation into an Islamic State video showing the beheading of kidnapped American journalist James Foley by a militant with a British accent. The extremist group, which posted the video on the Internet Tuesday, said the murder was revenge for U.S. airstrikes on militant positions in Iraq - and has threatened to execute another American journalist it is holding. Henry Ridgwell has more from London.
Video

Video Family Robots - The Next Big Thing?

Robots that can help us with daily chores like cooking and cleaning are a long way off, but automatons that serve as family companions may be much closer. Researchers in the United States, France, Japan and other countries are racing to build robots that can entertain and perform some simpler tasks for us. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video In Ukraine, Fear and Distrust Remain Where Fighting has Stopped

As the Ukrainian military reclaims control of eastern cities from pro-Russian separatists, residents are getting a chance to rebuild their lives. VOA's Gabe Joselow reports from the town of Kramatorsk in Donetsk province, where a sense of fear is still in the air, and distrust of the government in Kyiv still runs deep.
Video

Video Five Patients Given Experimental Ebola Drug Said to Be Improving

The World Health Organization has approved the use of experimental treatments for Ebola patients in West Africa. The Ebola outbreak there is unprecedented, the disease deadly. The number of people who have died from Ebola has surpassed 1,200. VOA's Carol Pearson reports on the ethical considerations of allowing experimental drugs to be used.
Video

Video China Targets Overseas Assets of Corrupt Officials

As China presses forward with its anti-graft effort, authorities are targeting corrupt officials who have sent family members and assets overseas. The efforts have stirred up a debate at home on exactly how many officials take that route and how likely it is they will be caught. Rebecca Valli has this report.
Video

Video Leading The Fight Against Islamic State, Kurds Question Iraqi Future

Western countries including the United States have begun arming the Kurdish Peshmerga forces in northern Iraq to aid their battle against extremist Sunni militants from the Islamic State. But there are concerns that a heavily-armed Kurdistan Regional Government, or KRG, might seek to declare independence and cause the break-up of the Iraqi state. As Henry Ridgwell reports from London, the KRG says it will only seek greater autonomy from Baghdad.
Video

Video In Rural Kenya, Pressure Builds Against Female Circumcision

In some Kenyan communities, female genital mutilation remains a rite of passage. But activists are pushing back, with education for girls and with threats of punishment those who perform the circumcision. Mohammed Yusuf looks at the practice in the rural eastern community of Tharaka-Nithi.

AppleAndroid