July 8, 2013

Morsi backers urge uprising after 51 killed in Egypt

The military says it was provoked into firing on protesters, but a Muslim group denies it.

The Associated Press

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Bodies lie in a room of a hospital after shooting happened at the Republican Guard building in Nasr City, Cairo, Monday, July 8, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted president early Monday in violence outside the military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Wissam Nassar)

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Egyptian army stand guard around the Republican Guard building in Nasr City in Cairo, Egypt, Monday, July 8, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted President Mohammed Morsi early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed, including one officer, outside the military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

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Hours before Monday's shootings, hundreds of Morsi supporters began a separate standoff with the military outside Egypt's Defense Ministry in eastern Cairo.

Mohsen Radi, a former member of parliament from the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice party who marched to the defense compound with a crowd of about 1,000 people, said the group was expanding its peaceful sit-ins to amplify the "pressure" to reinstate Morsi, Egypt's first democratically elected president.

Outside the Defense Ministry, the Morsi supporters formed a human wall, their arms linked, in a face-off about 100 yards from a row of armored personnel carriers and army troops at the ministry's gate. As one protester unfurled a large banner, featuring an image of Morsi, onto the pavement in front of the brotherhood supporters, an army officer said over a loudspeaker: "If you move one more meter, you will be shot."

A third, even larger sit-in has been under way outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in eastern Cairo for more than a week. The demonstration has been the epicenter of pro-Morsi protests. Demonstrators, including families and children from across the country, have set up a sprawling encampment there.

 

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A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi stands outside a local hospital in Cairo holding a bloodied shirt he says belongs to a protester shot by soldiers during a demonstration, Monday, July 8, 2013. Egyptian soldiers and police opened fire on supporters of the ousted president early Monday in violence that left dozens of people killed, including one officer, outside a military building in Cairo where demonstrators had been holding a sit-in, government officials and witnesses said. (AP Photo/Nasser Shiyoukhi)

  


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