EGYPT: Clashes in deadly manifestations of pro-Islamist Morsi in Cairo


Like every night since the beginning of Ramadan, Egyptian pro and anti-Morsi meet later to break the fast and protest. And Monday, July 15, the police fired tear gas to end clashes between supporters of former Islamist president and residents of Ramses Street in Cairo. This is the first violent confrontation involving pro-Morsi week.

Without reaching, by far, the deadly clashes that took place just after the dismissal of Morsi, it is the first violent confrontation involving pro-Morsi week. According to official sources, the clashes left seven dead and 261 wounded in Cairo.

At least 401 people were arrested Tuesday in the wake of violence. The arrests relate solely sector Ramses siute in the center of the capital.

The Islamists have called for a mass demonstration on Monday. The huge crowd of Muslim Brotherhood supporters converged on Cairo a place where was made a giant national flag, surrounded by portraits of Mohamed Morsi, still being held in an undisclosed location secret. Throughout the evening, the crowd continued to grow to what appears to be one of the biggest gatherings since the overthrow of president.

The authorities ordered the arrest of seven Islamists

Other demonstrators headed to the Republican Guard, "where there is just one week, pro-Morsi supporters were killed by army gunfire," notes Sonia Dridi, FRANCE 24 correspondent in Cairo. But the army had announced the day she would respond with "utmost firmness and severity" if protesters tried to approach their bases or to penetrate.

The authorities have already ordered Monday the arrest of seven persons Islamists, including the Muslim Brotherhood for the violence the day preceding the impeachment of President by the army on July 3.

As for anti-Morsi, hundreds of activists gathered in Tahrir Square on Monday night. The leader of the liberal coalition, Khaled Daoud, told Sonia Dridi early evening for the moment, the mobilization was "not very important" but that a "big event" was scheduled for next Friday "in support of the transition plan of the army."

Pro-and anti-Morsi refuse to meet William Burns

Regardless of their place of event, pro-and anti-Morsi have found a common enemy: the United States. While William Burns, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State has made an official visit to Cairo Monday, representatives of the Islamist party Al-Nour and those of anti-Morsi Tamarod party (" , Rebellion ") refused to meet him.

"Since the 2011 revolution the anti-American sentiment is growing, says Sonia Dridi. This time, activists (anti-Morsi) accuse the United States of having ties too close to the Muslim Brotherhood when they were in power. They also accuse Washington of having asked a few days ago, releasing Mohamed Morsi. "

"First, they [the United States] must recognize the new system," said founder and Tamarod Mahmoud Badr. "Secondly, they have to apologize for their support to the party of the Muslim Brotherhood and terrorism. Then we'll see. "

Official visits

Avoiding talking about the coup, the United States has also attracted the ire of the Muslim Brotherhood. The Al-Nour party, which has accepted the handling of the situation by the army, for his part said to have rejected the invitation of William Burns due to the intervention "unjustified" United States in the affairs of Egypt.

Isolated, Williams Burns is merely official visits. He met with General Al-Sissi and the new Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblaoui and interim president, Adli Mansour. The U.S. official called the Egyptian army to avoid arrest "politically motivated" and said the United States would not try to impose their models , on to Egypt, nor argue parties or personalities in particular.

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