31 July 2013

Egypt Decides to Disperse Pro-Mursi Sit-Ins

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Supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi.

The Egyptian government decided on Wednesday to put an end to sit-ins held by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi, reported the state news agency.

The cabinet has decided "to confront the dangers posed by the ongoing demonstrations and has put Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim in charge to take all the necessary measures to disperse the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda protests within the framework of the law," a statement said.

In a televised speech on Wednesday, Minister of Information Doria Sharaf al-Din said that the two sit-ins represent a threat to national security.

Pro-Mursi supporters have rallied in the two squares since the Islamist president was ousted by the army at the beginning of this month, in response to mass demonstrations across the country.

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