Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi are calling for more demonstrations in Cairo, demanding his return to power.
The Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy Alliance, which is one of the largest political formations in Egypt, said on Sunday that at least ten separate marches were planned from various parts of the capital to “defend the electoral legitimacy” of Morsi. Since the ouster of Morsi by the army on July 3, his supporters, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, have been calling for his reinstatement. On Saturday, thousands of the supporters staged a sit-in protest outside Rabia al-Adawiya Mosque in eastern Cairo, chanting slogans against the head of the Egyptian armed forces, General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The army-backed leadership of Egypt is under immense pressure from the international community to avoid bloodshed. The interim government says the pro-Morsi sit-ins are a “national security threat.” On August 7, Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi called on Morsi supporters to immediately leave their protest camps in Cairo. “We ask them now again, once again, to quickly leave to their homes and their jobs. The government’s patience to bear this is nearly expired,” Beblawi said in a televised speech. “The cabinet affirms that the decision to disperse the Rabaa al-Adawiya and al-Nahda sit-ins is a final decision, on which all agree, and there is no going back on it.” Beblawi also accused the protesters of inciting violence and said their sit-ins are not peaceful. On July 5, Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohammed Badie said the ouster of Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the streets until he is reinstated as president. Badie vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011. The 30-year dictatorship of Mubarak came to an end on February 11, 2011.