Egypt's Brotherhood rebuffs talks as protests continue
COUNTER-REVOLUTION: Supporters of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi shout slogans as they protest on the Sixth of October Bridge over the Ramses square area in central Cairo on Monday night. CAIRO — Islamist supporters of Mohamed Mursi fought opponents of the deposed Egyptian president and security forces in clashes that killed seven and wounded more than 260, marking a return of violence that overshadowed the naming of an interim cabinet. Egyptian authorities rounded up more than 400 people over the fighting which raged through Monday night into Tuesday, nearly two weeks after the army removed Mr Mursi in response to mass demonstrations against him.
The Brotherhood, Egypt’s leading Islamist movement, dismissed the remarks as lies, saying it would never yield its demand for Mr Mursi’s return. Crisis in the Arab world’s most populous state raises alarm for its allies in the region and the West.
Mr Mursi’s removal has divided Egypt, with thousands of his supporters maintaining a vigil in a Cairo square to demand his return, swelling to tens of thousands for demonstrations every few days. Two people were killed at a bridge in central Cairo where police and Mr Mursi’s opponents clashed with some of his supporters who were blocking a route across the River Nile overnight.
Another five were killed in the Cairo district of Giza, said the head of emergency services Mohamed Sultan. He has not been charged with any crime but the authorities say they are investigating him over complaints of inciting violence, spying and damaging the economy.
A week of relative calm had suggested peace might be returning, but that was shattered by the street battles into the early hours of Tuesday morning, the bloodiest since more than 50 of Mr Mursi’s supporters were killed a week ago.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day