Egypt anti-coup alliance urges demos

Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Egypt’s toppled president Mohamed Morsi (portrait) demonstrate in Cairo on August 30, 2013.

An anti-coup alliance in Egypt has called on people to hold week-long demonstrations across the North African country, starting Friday.

In a statement released on Thursday, the Anti-Coup, Pro-Legitimacy National Alliance called on Egyptians to stage nationwide rallies dubbed œYouth are pillar of the revolution.”

Since ouster of Egypt™s first democratically elected president, Mohamed Morsi, the country has been the scene of demonstrations held by Morsi™s supporters demanding his reinstatement.

On July 3, army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi, a leading former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution.

Hundreds of protesters, mostly Morsi™s supporters, were killed or wounded during the deadly violence that broke out afterwards.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held œpreventively” by the military.

After Morsi’s ouster, Brotherhood supreme leader Mohamed Badie said the coup against him was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated as president.

Badie vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israeli regime on January 25, 2011, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of Mubarak on February 11, 2011.


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