Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 31 August 2014

Egypt military warns over violence

Supporters of Egypt's ousted president Mohammed Morsi hold a protest in a park in front of Cairo University (AP)

Egypt's military has issued a stern warning against violence a day ahead of potentially massive protests called for by supporters of the country's ousted Islamist president.

The military statement said that "whoever resorts to violence and deviates from peacefulness in Friday's rallies will put his life in danger".

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted president Mohammed Morsi hails, continues to demand his reinstatement, two weeks after he was toppled by the military following massive protests.

The Brotherhood is calling for a massive rally on Friday, which they've titled Breaking the Coup.

Anti-Morsi protesters have also called for protests on Friday.

Some protests since Mr Morsi's overthrow have turned violent.

About 60 people have been killed in clashes with security and local residents that erupted out of the demonstrations.

In his first address to the nation, Egypt's interim leader Adly Mansour said he will protect the country against those who seek chaos and violence.

In a pre-recorded message aired on state television, Mr Mansour said Egypt is going through a decisive period in its history where some want to drag the country into the "unknown" and cause chaos.

He said: "They want this period to be an introduction to violence and we want it to establish for the concept of protecting lives and reaffirming human rights."

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