Anti-coup protesters to march on army headquarters in Cairo

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Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi say they will march on two army headquarters in the capital Cairo.

The Anti-Coup Pro-Democracy Alliance, which is one of the largest political formations in Egypt, announced on Friday evening that it would organize marches on four security buildings, including two army headquarters, in Cairo.

The alliance also said that it planned to make Alf Maskan a new sit-in site in the capital.

The alliance was formed in response to the ouster of Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, in a military coup in early June.

Earlier in the day, thousands of anti-coup protesters held several demonstrations in and around Cairo.

Police fired tear gas to disperse protesters gathered near the Media Production City complex on the outskirts of Cairo.

“Police have fired tear gas to disperse Morsi’s supporters after they tried to storm the Media Production City,” a security official said.

According to Egypt’s state news agency MENA, police arrested 31 members of the Muslim Brotherhood for “seeking to break into the media complex”.

On July 3, army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi announced that Morsi, a leading former member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was no longer in office and declared that the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, had been appointed as the new interim president of Egypt. The army also suspended the constitution.

Army officials said Morsi, who took office in June 2012, was being held “preventively” by the military.

On July 5, Muslim Brotherhood supreme leader Mohammed Badie said the coup against Morsi was illegal and millions would remain on the street until he is reinstated as president.

Badie vowed to “complete the revolution” that toppled the Western-backed regime of former Egyptian dictator Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

The Egyptians launched a revolution against the pro-Israeli regime on January 25, 2011, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of Mubarak on February 11, 2011.

 

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