Egypt witnesses civil disobedience

Egyptian supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi protest in Ramses Square on August 16, 2013.

Egypt is witnessing a third day of civil disobedience that started with a million-man march across the North African country on Friday.

The Muslim Brotherhood marked Friday as the beginning of a plan to ramp up pressure on the army-backed government to end the coup that ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

The group says it will go ahead with small protests until Morsi – the countryâ„¢s first democratically elected government – is reinstated. The Brotherhood has pledged not to compromise over any of its demands.

The interim government, however, has been forced to shorten the military-imposed curfew by two hours during weekdays and Thursday over popular demand.

But it says the curfew will remain in place from 7 pm local time to 6 oâ„¢clock in the morning on Fridays when Morsi supporters come out en masse.

Meanwhile, Egyptian Health Ministry said at least eight people were confirmed dead in Fridayâ„¢s clashes between security forces and supporters of Morsi across the North African country. Interim authorities say more than 200 were also injured during a series of violent clashes in several troubled regions.

The government of army-appointed interim President Adly Mansour has also launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including the partyâ„¢s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

Hundreds were killed in a week of violence between anti-coup protesters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.


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Republished from: Press TV