Thousands of Mursi supporters demonstrate as Egypt cabinet begins work
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 - 00:49
July 17 - Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mursi demonstrate near Parliament following formation of an interim government. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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STORY: Thousands of supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi demonstrated outside the prime minister's office on Wednesday to protest against the formation of a new interim cabinet.
Protesters held up Korans and portraits of Mursi in the blistering noon heat outside the main government buildings in the center of Cairo, demanding Mursi be restored to power.
The army removed Mursi from power on July 3 in the wake of mass protests against his rule.
The vast crowd of Mursi supporters marched through the center of town and along the Nile cornice, but they were held back by riot police as they marched in the direction of Tahrir square, the main focal point for anti-Mursi youth protests.
Egypt swore in an interim cabinet on Tuesday made up of 33 ministers, mostly technocrats and liberals. Not one was drawn from the two main Islamist factions that won five straight elections since a 2011 uprising toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.
Over a hundred people have died, mostly supporters of Mursi, in violence following his toppling. 53 protesters were killed by the army outside a barracks where Mursi was believed to have been held in clashes on July 8.
The ousted president has been held at an undisclosed location and has not been charged with a crime, although the authorities have announced investigations into complaints of spying, inciting violence and wrecking the economy. Prosecutors have also reopened a 2011 jailbreaking case dating to Mursi's escape from brief detention during protests against Mubarak.
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