Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has promised to continue its peaceful resistance against the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup.
“We will continue our peaceful resistance to the bloody military coup against constitutional legitimacy,” the movement said in a statement on Thursday.
It added that the “peaceful and popular will of the people shall triumph over force and oppression.”
The statement comes a day after Egypt’s military-backed government stepped up its crackdown on the movement. The interim government has ordered the arrest of Brotherhood’s spiritual leader, Mohamed Badie.
Despite the crackdown, Egypt’s new interim Prime Minister Hazem el Beblawi says he may offer cabinet posts to Brotherhood members.
The offer has already been rejected by the group, on whose ticket Morsi won the 2012 presidential election. The movement is demanding Morsi’s reinstatement.
Protests against last week’s coup have turned violent on several occasions. The Army has used force to disperse demonstrators, killing more than 80 people in Cairo.
Meanwhile, thousands of supporters of the ousted president have held fresh rallies calling for his reinstatement. The demonstrations took place in Cairo’s Nasr city as well as the second largest city of Alexandria. Morsi’s supporters say they will continue protests until the collapse of the military rule.
The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass rallies on Friday, starting from mosques, where weekly congregational prayers are held. Meanwhile, the anti-Morsi Tamarud or Rebellion movement has invited its followers for rival rallies in Cairo’s Liberation Square on the same day.