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Tens of thousands rally for Mursi, and condemn 'military coup'

Friday, July 05, 2013 - 01:12

July 5 - Tens of thousands of pro-Mursi protesters rally in support of the ousted President and condemning the 'military coup'. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Tens of thousands of supporters of ousted President Mohamed Mursi gather in Cairo in a show of support, in what the Muslim Brotherhood is calling a Friday of Rage. They have no plans to go gently. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADING FIGURE, MOHAMED EL-BELTAGY, SAYING: "These are the Egyptian people. They want their revolution back. It was a civilian revolution, a democratic revolution, a constitutional revolution, a peaceful revolution. We will not give up on peace, but we will not go home until this military coup is over." Not everyone sees the change as a coup. So far, the US may be calling for a return to civilian rule, but has not yet called it a coup -- a move that could force the US to cut off aid to one of its closest allies in the region. While they may be celebrating in Tahrir Square, smoke fills the streets as clashes erupt in Alexandria. Whatever the events in Egypt are called, on Friday at least 17 people were killed and scores more wounded.

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Tens of thousands rally for Mursi, and condemn 'military coup'

Friday, July 05, 2013 - 01:12