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Egypt Again Urges Pro-Morsi Supporters to Disperse

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi wears a mask and chants slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, July 31, 2013.
A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi wears a mask and chants slogans against Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, at Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, in Cairo, Egypt, July 31, 2013.
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Egypt's Interior Ministry has urged supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi to leave their Cairo protest camps, offering "a safe exit" to protesters

In a statement read on state television Thursday, the ministry called "on those in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares to let reason and the national interest prevail, and to quickly leave." The call came one day after the army-backed government ordered the ministry to take action against protesters.

The ministry said police commanders met to study how to move in against the protest camps, amid mounting international calls for restraint. There is no specified date for clearing out the sit-in.

On Tuesday, the military-backed interim government declared the two Cairo vigils "unacceptable threats" to national security. Authorities directed police to stay within the law when they end the sit-ins.

Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement said the military may be setting up the demonstrators for what it fears could be another massacre. Security forces shot at demonstrators in Cairo Saturday, killing at least 80 people.

Protesters are occupying squares outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo and the city's main university campus.

Nearly 200 people have been killed since the Egyptian military toppled Morsi from power on July 3. His supporters are demanding his return to the presidency and the restoration of the Islamist-drafted constitution.

The country's interim government plans to hold a referendum within five months to ratify amendments to the constitution. Parliamentary elections would take place early next year followed by a new presidential election.

  • People perform Ramadan night prayers in Cairo, celebrating Lailat al-Qadr (the Night of Power), August 4, 2013.
  • A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi prays outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, August 4, 2013.
  • The area around the Rabaa Adiweya mosque has been packed with Muslim Brotherhood supporters sleeping in tents for over a month. Families bring children to protect them from the police forcibly dismantling the sit-in. (H. Elrasam for VOA)
  • A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi prays outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo, August 4, 2013.
  • Children have been participating in protests in Egypt since the became widespread and near-constant in 2011. (H. Elrasam for VOA)
  • A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi gets relief from the afternoon heat with the help of water sprayers in front of a poster of Morsi, Cairo University,Giza, Egypt.
  • A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi cries while saluting the Egyptian flag at Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.
  • An Egyptian woman feeds her ducks in front of a barrier recently set up by supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi in their camp in Giza, southwest of Cairo, Egypt, Aug. 1, 2013. 
  • An Egyptian child attends prayers with his father at a protest near Cairo University in Giza, Egypt, August 1, 2013. 
  • Egyptian children wear head bands with Arabic writing: "No god but Allah and Mohammed is the prophet." They attend a protest outside Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, Cairo, Egypt.
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi pray at Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, where Morsi supporters have installed a camp and hold daily rallies at Nasr City, Cairo, July 31, 2013.
  • "Third Square" actvists, who promote a middle way in the rift between the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of the army's overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, gather at Sphinx Square in Cairo, July 30, 2013.
  • "Third Square" actvists gather at Sphinx Square in Cairo, July 30, 2013.
  • Supporters of Mohamed Morsi during a march from Al-Fath Mosque to the defense ministry in Cairo, July 30, 2013.
  • Flares illuminate the gathering of several hundred activists the "Third Square" in Cairo. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • A young girl at the Third Square rally in Cairo. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • A young girl at the Third Square rally in Cairo. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)
  • A young girl at the Third Square rally in Cairo. (Hamada Elrasam for VOA)

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by: ali baba from: new york
August 01, 2013 4:55 PM
they have to leave or face the music. this is not the first time that protester act in defiance . on other situation such as china. they have a point These people have no point,.They have no Pont. They are punch of fanatic .They are following their leaders and their leader want to initiate civil war for the sake of radical Islam. If the police act now and disperse them by force, they have no right to complaint .please do not cry about those would die. Leave peacefully

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 01, 2013 12:17 PM
Unpatriotic Egyptians belong to the Muslim Brotherhood. We have seen how they are paid to disrupt their own country. Before now one had seen Qatar as a true friend of the Arab people and one that was willing to bring about the much desired progressive leadership among Arabs. But no. Instead Qatar pays Arabs to destabilize Arab country. What a shame. One would have had the illusion that Iran was the only destabilizing factor out there, but now Qatar... unbelievable! Shame to those Egyptians protesting because there is money incentive..., never knew how cheap they could be until now. But everyone should understand that revolution to get it right does not happen in the instance of Muslim Brotherhood dominating politics. It involves opening the society to every stakeholder so that the constitution does not shortchange any part of the society.

Don't understand why muslims choose to set back the hand of the clock and want everybody to live once again in antiquity. Or should the UN set Egypt aside as a UNESCO heritage site as a relic of ancient civilization to teach modern society? Maybe it's a good idea not worry that Egypt is an ancient society subsisting in modernization. What a sight. Because Egypt under Muslim Brotherhood is like pictures of antiquity, Dark Age, Stone Age and Medieval put together. Just find ways to remove cars and modern infrastructures and you understand what I am talking about behavior under them. Pity those moderates and minorities.., thinking of suggesting they migrate to satisfy the motives of the Muslim Brotherhood? Maybe there is need to separate the sheep and goats.

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