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Morsi Backers Defy Egyptian Leaders, Continue Protests

  • Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi take part in a demonstration in Cairo, August 9, 2013.
  • Egyptian children with portrait of Morsi run during a demonstration in support of the ousted president in Cairo, August 9, 2013.
  • Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hold a giant poster of him on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr, Cairo, August 8, 2013.
  • Protesters say they are making these Ramadan sweets, known as 'kaka', in honor of ousted President Mohamed Morsi who they want reinstated. (Heather Murdock for VOA)
  • Salah Abdel Moneim, an anti-Morsi supporter of Egypt's army, walks in front of his shop, plastered with huge posters of Egypt's army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Cairo, August 7, 2013.
  • Salah Abdel Moneim, an anti-Morsi supporter of Egypt's army, works at his shop with a poster depicting U.S. president Barack Obama with a beard, Cairo August 7, 2013.
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi carry posters with Arabic writing which reads "Yes for legality, No for the coup" during a protest outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, Cairo, August 6, 2013.
  • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi chant slogans and hold posters with Arabic writing which reads "Yes for legality, No for the coup" during a protest outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque, Cairo, August 6, 2013.
  • A supporter of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shows a box of baked sweets with a picture of Morsi on top of it, Cairo, August 6, 2013.
  • An Egyptian girl has a face painting with the colors of the national flag and attends a protest outside Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque at Nasr City in Cairo, August 6, 2013.
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Thousands of Egyptians supporting ousted President Mohamed Morsi are massed in Cairo demanding he be reinstated.

Many in the crowd waved Egyptian flags and held up signs of the deposed president late Thursday while celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the feast that marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan. The government had issued warnings for supporters of Morsi to vacate the sites.

Opponents of Morsi gathered Thursday in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Egypt is facing a political crisis that the country's military-backed government and Islamist opposition have been unable to defuse.

On Wednesday, interim President Adly Mansour said this week's efforts by international envoys to bridge the political divide had failed. He blamed Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood for the failure.

The United States and European Union say the political divide has created a fragile situation that could spark more bloodshed and impede Egypt's economic recovery.

Egypt's interim authorities have detained top members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including Morsi, since ousting him from power on July 3. The army has installed an interim government, while the Muslim Brotherhood insists the Islamist leader be reinstated.

Morsi took office one year earlier as Egypt's first democratically-elected president, but critics accused him of consolidating power in the hands of the Brotherhood and threatening a secular lifestyle.

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by: Mahmud Al Tuz from: Egypt
August 08, 2013 12:17 PM
the MB is a terrorist organization all over the Arab world... why are they not recognized as a terrorist organization by the western "democracies"??

by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 08, 2013 12:04 PM
No gain repeating that Egypt belongs to all Egyptians, not the Muslim Brotherhood alone. When Egyptians rose against Mubarak, a dictator though he was, he listened to the Egyptian demand to cede power. A so-called democratically minded group refuses to listen to the voice of reason or to the majority of Egyptians demanding a correction of ill-fated revolution and they say no it must be Muslim Brotherhood's Morsi or no Egypt.

So we now know who loves Egypt and who wants Egypt for selfish reasons. And the people say NO. Even the world joins a free Egypt to say NO to the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi's stranglehold on Egypt. Errors must be corrected. All revolutions in history also had their hiccups. If Egypt is going through it now, it's nothing extraordinary. So let the interim government take the bull by the horn and restore peace to Egypt. Peace has never come easy; sometimes it comes costly, even involving lives - if people must stand in the way of moving train of change.
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by: abdul rahman from: malaysia
August 09, 2013 6:24 PM
the question is mubarak was not elected president but a mere army dictatorship but morsi was elected and he was only 1 year in office,can you say he runs the office as a dictator and dont you try to find out who is behind this rally to topple him? plz try to ratonalize the issue .tq

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