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Mursi opponents fear civil war

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 01:15

July 3 - Anxiety in Tahrir Square as opponents of President Mohammed Mursi urge him to ''have mercy'' and step down or risk plunging Egypt into a civil war. Deborah Gembara reports.

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The deadline has come and gone and President Mohammed Mursi doesn't appear to be budging --- a fact that is making many of his opponents gathered in Cairo's Tahrir square ... more than a little anxious. SOUNDBITE: Opponent Of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, Najat Mohamed saying: "Anything is expected, we can't really predict what might happen. But it could turn into a civil war if they insist on staying in power, and if they resort to violence, this violence will be met with violence, so it could definitely be a civil war." SOUNDBITE: Opponent Of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, Khaled Kamal saying: "I ask Mohamed Mursi to have mercy on the people, so that the situation doesn't turn into civil strife. I want him to be reasonable and resign just like Hosni Mubarak had done before him, and leave someone else to rule the country." Mursi, who delivered a fiery speech overnight, said through a spokesman that it would be better to die "standing like a tree" defending Egypt then having destroyed the country's chance for democracy. It's unwelcome news for the the thousands who've camped out determined not to leave before he does.

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Mursi opponents fear civil war

Wednesday, July 03, 2013 - 01:15