This Article is From Aug 23, 2013

Thousands in Egypt join fresh protests against Mohamed Morsi's ouster

Thousands in Egypt join fresh protests against Mohamed Morsi's ouster
Cairo: Several thousand demonstrators joined at least three marches in different parts of the Egyptian capital today to protest the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi, AFP correspondents said.

Loyalists of the deposed president had called for 28 marches throughout Cairo, though many appeared sparsely attended.

Today's rallies are being seen as a test for Morsi loyalists and the Muslim Brotherhood organisation.

At one, in Cairo's southern Maadi district, several thousand protesters marched from the Al-Rayan mosque to Arab Square.

They chanted "coup, coup" and "down with military rule."

"We will never lose faith in our cause. We will fight until our last drop of blood," said protester Tareq Hossam.

Protester Khaled Abdel Hamid, an accountant, said he had lost 11 friends when security forces cleared a pro-Morsi camp in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya square on August 14.

Hundreds of people were killed during the dispersal and in clashes that followed, in Egypt's bloodiest day in decades.

"We will protest until we remove the coup and restore legitimacy," Abdel Hamid said.


In Mohandesseen district, around 2,000 people gathered, chanting "the interior ministry are thugs."

But the march stopped short of an army cordon set up close to a nearby square, an AFP correspondent said.

In the past few days, Egyptian authorities have arrested hundreds of members of the group, including its supreme guide.

Brotherhood members have gone into hiding, and some told AFP they were no long receiving directives and had stopped communicating by phone for fear of arrest.

Morsi was ousted on July 3 by the military, after massive protests against his rule.

His supporters set up two protests camps in Cairo which were forcibly dispersed on August 14.

Nearly 1,000 people were killed during the dispersal and in subsequent clashes.