Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohamed Morsi have once again planned protests amid a violent clampdown on demonstrators.
The Anti-Coup Alliance said several rallies are planned in the capital Cairo later on Sunday. On Friday, tens of thousands of people took to the streets across Egypt in response to a call by the Muslim Brotherhood for nationwide protests against the army and its handpicked government. The security forces and opponents of the Brotherhood fired on the supporters of Morsi. The Egyptian government has been intensifying its crackdown on Morsi supporters. The Interior Ministry said in a statement on Saturday that police had arrested more than 1,000 Muslim Brotherhood figures following the bloody clashes of Friday. The Brotherhood said police had arrested its members in an attempt to gain leverage over the group. Over 170 people, most of them pro-Morsi protesters, have been killed since Friday in nationwide rallies across the country. Egypt has been gripped by a bloody violence since Morsi’s ouster by the army on July 3, when the head of the country’s armed forces, General Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, removed Morsi from office. Sisi also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament. The Egyptian army appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president. On August 14, the military-appointed government launched a brutal crackdown on thousands of peaceful protesters in Cairo, who were demanding the reinstatement of Morsi. Over 640 people died and hundreds of others were injured. The interim government in Egypt has been facing international condemnation over the killing of protesters. Amnesty International has called for a thorough and unbiased investigation into the August 14 massacre.