Thousands of people in Turkey have protested the bloody crackdown in Egypt on the supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi, which has left hundreds dead.
On Friday, approximately 3,000 Turks prayed for the dead in Egypt at an Ankara mosque and then rallied to the US and Egyptian embassies in the Turkish capital, chanting “Infidels are killing Muslims!” The protesters carried some portraits of Morsi, saying, "Those who spill Muslim blood will drown in their own blood!" "The Islamist movement cannot be stopped!" they shouted. Meanwhile, in Istanbul, more than 1,000 protesters convened in front of a mosque, chanting slogans against Egyptian army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. The deadly violence in the North African country erupted on August 14 in the capital Cairo when security forces attacked supporters of Morsi. The police crackdown on Rabaa and Nahda protest camps left at least 638 people dead and over 4,000 others injured. However, the Muslim Brotherhood put the death toll far higher, saying more than 2,000 people had died. It has vowed to peacefully defeat the military coup that led to Morsi’s ouster last month. Egypt has plunged into an unrelenting string of violence since the July 3 military ouster of Morsi. Egypt is currently locked down under a month-long curfew and the police have been authorized to use live ammunitions in case of attacks against state buildings.