Egyptian Islamists gather in to demand restoration of Mursi
SUPPORT: Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi hold a giant poster of him as they walk with their families in the sit-in area of Rab’a al-Adawiya Square, where they are camping, on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday. CAIRO — Islamist supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi began marching to demand his restoration on Thursday after the military-led authorities that removed him held off from carrying out a threat to clear protest sit-ins by force. Interim President Adly Mansour declared on Wednesday that international diplomatic efforts to resolve the political crisis had failed and the government warned protesters to leave their protest camps, saying the decision to remove them was final.
Egyptian government and military sources also said the talks were not finished for good but had been frozen to assuage public anger over perceived foreign interference in Egypt’s affairs and among some at the authorities’ willingness to negotiate with the Brotherhood after months of demonising them. A military source said the authorities were holding back from using force to clear the protest camps partly due to fear that liberal Vice-President Mohamed ElBaradei would resign, removing a key source of political legitimacy for army rule.
Interim Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi visited the Central Security Forces with the interior minister in an apparent effort to calm hardliners impatient for tougher action. "He assured them that the government places security at the top of its priorities and that there is no stable society without security that is founded on the law, and that protects the sovereignty of the state and the lives of its citizens and their possessions," a statement from Beblawi’s office said.
Thousands of demonstrators converged on a Brotherhood protest camp in northeastern Cairo in a festive atmosphere to attend prayers and a rally on the first day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday after the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. "I came here because I want to make a small difference," said Ghada Idriss, 35, who travelled from the rural province of Minya by car with her husband, two young sons, and two-month-old daughter Lougine.
Secular and leftist groups have also called for mass demonstrations and public prayers across Egypt to support what they see as a popular revolution that led to the overthrow of Mr Mursi by the military on July 3 after just a year in office. In one apparent conciliatory gesture, prosecutors dropped the main charge against the head of the Brotherhood’s political wing, Saad El-Katatni, on Wednesday in a possible prelude to releasing him.... Read the full, comprehensive news article and discuss at Business Day