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Police told to end Morsi protests

01 August 2013, 09:41

Cairo - Egypt's military-backed government has ordered the police to break up the sit-in protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, saying they pose an "unacceptable threat" to national security.

Information Minister Dorreya Sharaf el-Din said in a televised statement on Wednesday that the police are to end the demonstrations "within the law and the constitution."

The comments signal a move to break up the two main pro-Morsi protests - one outside a mosque in eastern Cairo and another outside the main Cairo University camps - was imminent.

Morsi was overthrown by the military on 3 July after mass rallies calling for his ouster.

Last week, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to give military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi a mandate to deal with violence and "potential terrorism."

- AP


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