Morsy's supporters cautioned
CAIRO — Thousands of protesters calling for the return to power of Egypt's ousted Islamist president demonstrated in Cairo on Friday as the military warned it would crack down on any violence, underlining the point with a show of force by fighter jets flying over the capital.
Youth activists who started the huge protests that led to Mohammed Morsy's toppling by the military gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square and outside two presidential palaces to celebrate their gains, raising fears of a fresh round of clashes in the capital.
The Interior Minister in charge of police, Mohammed Ibrahim, issued a statement on the ministry's Facebook page cautioning the ousted president's supporters against going to Tahrir Square and warning both sides against committing acts of violence.
The rival gatherings happened just days after a new interim cabinet was sworn-in that includes women, Christians and members of a liberal coalition opposed to Morsy, but no Islamists. The ousted president's Muslim Brotherhood party has refused to take part in talks with the interim leadership.
The country has been deeply polarized over the July 3 military coup that was supported by millions who accused Egypt's first democratically elected leader of abusing his power and giving too much influence to his Brotherhood group.
Pro-Morsy protesters waving Egyptian flags and pictures of the ousted leader chanted slogans — “al-Sisi is a traitor!” — against army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Antarctica yields life in extremest of conditions, so what about on another planet?
- Militias pull out of battle for Tikrit
- Proposed deal would allow Iran to run centrifuges, prohibit building bomb
- Saudi-led attacks seen as escalating violence in Yemen
- Co-pilot may have hidden illness, German prosecutors say