Anarchy took over the streets of Cairo as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood told supporters to fight on in the wake of a military coup that ousted President Mohammed Morsi and the swearing in of Interim President Adly Mansour.
The promised “Friday of rage” left 30 Egyptians slain in vicious street fighting as the defiant head of the Muslim Brotherhood urged a fight to the death against the military coup.
More than 450 others were injured in clashes between security forces and supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi as anarchy reigned in parts of Cairo and across the country.
(Reuters) – Egypt’s army commander and Islamist President Mohamed Mursi each pledged to die for his cause as a deadline neared on Wednesday that will trigger a military takeover backed by protesters.
Military chiefs, vowing to restore order in a country racked by demonstrations over Mursi’s Islamist policies, issued a call to battle in a statement headlined “The Final Hours”. They said they were willing to shed blood against “terrorists and fools” after Mursi refused to give up his elected office.
The armed forces general command was holding a crisis meeting, a military source said, less than five hours before an ultimatum was due to expire for Mursi to either agree to share power or make way for an army-imposed solution.
In an emotional, rambling midnight television address, the president said he was democratically elected and would stay in office to uphold the constitutional order, declaring: “The price of preserving legitimacy is my life.”
Liberal opponents said it showed he had “lost his mind”.
CAIRO – Crowds swelled in Tahrir Square on Sunday, the first anniversary of President Mohammed Morsi’s inauguration, to demand that the president resign and call for an early presidential election.
“I want my country back,” said Dua Badrawy, who came to the square from Giza, a neighborhood that is home to Egypt’s most prized pyramids. “We are all Egyptians, and we want a real democracy.”
Protesters converged on Tahrir Square while others marched to the presidential palace. There, crowds are expected to mushroom throughout the evening, showing the severity of widespread discontent and bolstering prospects of more instability one year after the country’s first democratic election.