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    Muslim Brotherhood Urges New Protests

    Members of the Republican Guards stand in line at a barricade blocking protesters supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (pictured in poster) near a Republican Guards headquarters in Cairo, July 9, 2013./
    Members of the Republican Guards stand in line at a barricade blocking protesters supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (pictured in poster) near a Republican Guards headquarters in Cairo, July 9, 2013./
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    Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood has called for more protests Tuesday, a day after clashes between the military and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi left 51 people dead.

    The two sides traded blame for sparking the violence, with the Muslim Brotherhood saying the army opened fire on Morsi supporters without reason.  The army says troops shot only after coming under heavy gunfire from terrorists trying to storm a military headquarters in Cairo.

    Egypt's interim president Adly Mansour called for restraint from both sides and an independent investigation into the violence.

    He also issued a decree Monday saying a referendum will take place within five months to ratify amendments to the country's constitution.  Parliamentary elections will follow within two months, and once that chamber convenes, a date for a presidential vote will be set.

    Egypt's army suspended the Islamist-drafted constitution and overthrew Morsi last week, following massive protests against his rule.

    The army described the move as necessary to enforce the will of the millions of people who have repeatedly demanded his resignation.  But the Muslim Brotherhood says the action was a military coup.
     
    White House spokesman Jay Carney said Monday the U.S. is concerned by the increasing violence and what he called a "dangerous level of political polarization" in Egypt.  He also said cutting off aid to Egypt would not be in Washington's best interests.  Egypt is the second-largest recipient of U.S. financial assistance behind Israel.

    • Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohamed Morsi perform weekly Friday prayers at the Rabaa Adawiya square in Cairo where they are camping, July 12, 2013.
    • A supporter of Morsi is doused with water on a hot day in Cairo, July 12, 2013.
    • Supporters of the ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi shout anti-army slogans during a sit-in protest in Cairo July 11, 2013.
    • Morsi Supporters pray after breaking their fast during Ramadan, in Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt, July 11, 2013.
    • An Egyptian boy stands among Morsi supporters who are offering the Tarawih prayer after the evening meal during Ramadan, in Nasr City, Cairo, July 10, 2013.
    • Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi during a rally in Nasr City, Cairo, July 10, 2013.
    • Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, July 10, 2013.
    • A supporter of ousted President Mohamed Morsi joins in a protest at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, July 10, 2013.
    • A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi reads the Koran at the Rabaa Adawiya square, Cairo,  July 9, 2013.
    • Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at their camp in Rabaa Adawiy square, Cairo, July 9, 2013. 
    • A supporter of ousted President Mohamed Morsi with a national flag gestures to army soldiers guard at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, July 9, 2013.
    • Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of Morsi at Republican Guard headquarters in Nasr City, Cairo, July 8, 2013. 
    • Supporters Morsi carry the body of a fellow supporter killed by violence outside the Republican Guard headquarters in Cairo, July 8, 2013.
    • Morsi supporters mourn protesters who died during clashes with army soldiers in Cairo, July 8, 2013.
    • Wounded supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi wait for treatment at a field hospital in Cairo, July 8, 2013. 

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    by: Godwin from: Nigeria
    July 09, 2013 7:25 AM
    Democracy is nurtured, not just picked. Egypt's attempt at democracy has hit bumps and hiccups, that is expected. Despite the simplicity of finished industrial goods, the technological know-how to begin manufacturing of such goods still goes through certain tutelage and foundry. So too is democracy. Egypt is desirous to improve or grow out of the stone age systems practiced by the islamist groups that have ruled the country for decades, but it takes processes to reach the promised land of democracy. This experience is not just local to Egypt alone but is common to all countries that became major democracies today. So let the Muslim Brotherhood sheath its sword and join in the effort to bring the country up to what the citizens dream it to be. Calling for more protests is only counter productive.

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