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Egypt: Anti-Morsi protesters militate against Obama and Al-Qaeda01:29

Egypt: Anti-Morsi protesters militate against Obama and Al-Qaeda

Egypt, Cairo
July 7, 2013 at 19:56 GMT +00:00 · Published

Egypt: Anti-Morsi protesters militate against Obama and Al-Qaeda

Tens of thousands of anti-Mohamed Morsi demonstrators gathered outside Itehadya Presidential Palace in Cairo Sunday, celebrating the removal of the former president. Protesters held placards of Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, thanking the army for their intervention and waving at passing military aircraft. Many demonstrators also used the gathering as an opportunity to accuse US President Barack Obama of terrorism, claiming he supports Al-Qaeda due to US intervention in Syria and Libya.

Over 30 people have been killed in the violence and feuds of the past week, with a Coptic Priest being shot dead on Saturday. Violence was at its highest point on Friday, as Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, demanded that ousted President Mohamed Morsi be reinstated. Thousands of Brotherhood members took to the streets and in the clashes that ensued, 14 were killed in Alexandria alone.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) have insisted that their intervention is transitionary. SCAF attempted to appoint the interim prime-minister as Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday, but opposition from the Egyptian Salafist party, the second largest Islamic political group in Egypt, threatened to break the coalition against Morsi, so the appointment has been delayed. SCAF have set out a road map in a transition to democracy and have insisted their role is to mediate, not to reclaim power. Protesters against Morsi refuse the label of a "coup" and insist that the SCAF's role reflects the will of the uprising.

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Egypt: Anti-Morsi protesters militate against Obama and Al-Qaeda

Tens of thousands of anti-Mohamed Morsi demonstrators gathered outside Itehadya Presidential Palace in Cairo Sunday, celebrating the removal of the former president. Protesters held placards of Abdul Fatah al-Sisi, thanking the army for their intervention and waving at passing military aircraft. Many demonstrators also used the gathering as an opportunity to accuse US President Barack Obama of terrorism, claiming he supports Al-Qaeda due to US intervention in Syria and Libya.

Over 30 people have been killed in the violence and feuds of the past week, with a Coptic Priest being shot dead on Saturday. Violence was at its highest point on Friday, as Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Mohammed Badie, demanded that ousted President Mohamed Morsi be reinstated. Thousands of Brotherhood members took to the streets and in the clashes that ensued, 14 were killed in Alexandria alone.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) have insisted that their intervention is transitionary. SCAF attempted to appoint the interim prime-minister as Mohamed ElBaradei on Saturday, but opposition from the Egyptian Salafist party, the second largest Islamic political group in Egypt, threatened to break the coalition against Morsi, so the appointment has been delayed. SCAF have set out a road map in a transition to democracy and have insisted their role is to mediate, not to reclaim power. Protesters against Morsi refuse the label of a "coup" and insist that the SCAF's role reflects the will of the uprising.