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Egypt: Pro-Morsi Demos 'Unacceptable Threats' to National Security

Egyptian supporters of the deposed president Mohamed Morsi hold his portrait and wave the national flags during a demonstration against the government in Cairo, July 31, 2013.
Egyptian supporters of the deposed president Mohamed Morsi hold his portrait and wave the national flags during a demonstration against the government in Cairo, July 31, 2013.
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Egypt's military-backed interim government has declared two Cairo vigils by backers of ousted President Mohamed Morsi "unacceptable threats" to national security.

Authorities ordered police to put an end to the sit-ins, but to stay within the law and the constitution.

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

Protesters are holding vigils outside a large mosque in eastern Cairo and the city's main university campus.

The human rights group Amnesty International says the military-backed government's order to clear out the vigils gives forces the "seal of approval" for further abuse.

Nearly 200 people have been killed in violence since the Egyptian military removed Morsi from power on July 3. Many of the victims had been supporters of the former president.

In addition to overthrowing Morsi, the army suspended Egypt's Islamist-drafted constitution, following massive protests against his rule.

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

U.S. President Barack Obama Tuesday asked two senior Republican lawmakers - Senator Lindsey Graham and fellow Republican Senator John McCain - to travel to Egypt next week to meet with military leaders and the opposition.

Egypt's crisis has triggered questions about continuation of the $1.5 billion in annual U.S. military and economic aid to Egypt. Last week, the Obama administration said it will not declare the overthrow of Morsi as a coup, thus allowing the U.S. to continue providing the financial aid.

An attempt by U.S. Sen. Rand Paul to cut Egyptian aid failed Wednesday when senators voted by a large margin [86-13] to postpone indefinitely any consideration of the measure.

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by: ali baba from: new york
July 31, 2013 8:20 PM
what interior minister say is very true . they have to go home and stop create a problem. those insist to continue creating a problem ,they have to get arrested and place in jail. they have to know that they are not above the law .they can not impose their fanatic idea on people

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by: schmidt from: boston
August 01, 2013 12:33 AM
what about those gathering in tahrir? why don't you tell them that they also are not above the law?

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by: William Norman
July 31, 2013 10:44 PM
The human rights group Amnesty International says the military-backed government's order to clear out the vigils gives forces the "seal of approval" for further abuse.


by: dai2u from: uk
July 31, 2013 6:19 PM
Muslim brotherhood ,i think Rand Paul is one of them why don't he move to Egypt and go live with the Muslim brotherhood crew,why cut aid to egypt we should be helping them get rid of these fanatics why don't Rand Paul go and ask the soldiers serving in Afghanistan what they think of Muslim fanatics what a dick head he is,The majority of Egyptians don't want anything to do with them because their all nutcases just like him,WAKE UP AMERICA AND HELP NOT HINDER EGYPT.

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