Morsi supporters stage new protest rally in Cairo

Morsi supporters stage new protest rally in Cairo
# 09 August 2013 01:42 (UTC +04:00)

On Thursday, pro-Morsi protesters called for his reinstatement and chanted slogans against army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.

Morsi’s wife, Naglaa Mahmoud, appeared among the demonstrators for the first time, urging them to continue their rallies against the ousted president's continued detention.

Egypt has witnessed non-stop demonstrations in support of the country’s first democratically elected president, since he was toppled by the army on July 3.

On Wednesday, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi called on supporters of Morsi to immediately leave their protest camps in Cairo.

“We ask them now again, once again, to quickly leave to their homes and their jobs. The government's patience to bear this is nearly expired,” Beblawi said in a televised speech.

“The cabinet affirms that the decision to disperse the Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda sit-ins is a final decision, on which all agree, and there is no going back on it,” he added.

Beblawi also accused the protesters of inciting violence and said their sit-ins are not peaceful.

Earlier in the day, interim President Adly Mahmoud Mansour said more than 10 days of diplomatic efforts by envoys from foreign countries, including the United States, to resolve the crisis in Egypt had failed.

The protests have turned violent on many occasions, leaving large numbers of people dead.

The demonstrators have rejected repeated calls by Egypt’s interim government to end their rallies.

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