Egypt: Muslim Brotherhood backers demonstrate, demand ousted president's reinstatement

  • Updated: July 12, 2013 - 8:42 AM

Supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi, wave Egyptian flags and hold portraits of Morsi with Arabic words that read:"Mohammed Morsi, legitimacy red line," during demonstration at Nasr city, Cairo, Egypt, Friday, July 12, 2013.

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CAIRO — Thousands of supporters of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood are demonstrating in a Cairo square, waving pictures of ousted president Mohammed Morsi.

They're chanting anti-military slogans, calling the army chief a traitor. He led the military's removal of Morsi from office last week.

The unseating of Morsi followed demonstrations by millions of Egyptians against his rule. It was a bitter blow to the Brotherhood, which won a string of ballots, including Morsi's election as president.

One speaker at the Friday demonstration pledged to stay on the streets until Morsi is reinstated.

"We are ready to stay for a month, two months, a year or even two years," ultraconservative Islamist Salafi cleric Safwat Hegazi told protesters.

This week more than 50 pro-Morsi protesters were killed in a clash with the military.

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