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article imageEgypt military-backed cabinet orders pro-Morsi protests ended

By Ken Hanly     Jul 31, 2013 in Politics
Cairo - The cabinet of the interim Egyptian government has ordered the police "to take all necessary measures" to end protests by Pro-Morsi supporters. The government warned that the demonstrations posed a national security threat.
The government statement said: "The continuation of the dangerous situation in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares, and consequent terrorism and road blockages are no longer acceptable given the threat to national security, The government has decided to take all necessary measures to confront and end these dangers, and tasks the interior minister to do all that is necessary in this regard, in accordance with the constitution and law."
In response, Al Jazeera reports that there was a steady stream of people into the vigil in Rabaa that was already crowded with people. Amnesty International said that the government decision could be a "recipe for further bloodshed". Hassiba Shraoui, the deputy directory of Amnesty for the Middle East and North Africa said:"Given the Egyptian security forces' record of policing demonstrations with the routine use of excessive and unwarranted lethal force, this latest announcement gives a seal of approval to further abuse. The authorities as well as the security forces should start with an approach that avoids the use of force and is based on ‘methods of persuasion, negotiation and mediation’, as recommended by international standards".
Just before it made the statement about clearing the protests, authorities also announced that they were referring the leader of the Brotherhood Mohammed Badie and two other senior officials of the movement to a court on charges that they had incited violence. Former president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by the military on July 3 after large rallies against his government.
Mostafa al-Khatib editor of the Justice and Development newspaper that speaks for the Brotherhood said: "Arrest warrants go non-stop,The Mubarak-era oppressive tactics are back once again in a more ferocious form. They are arresting anyone carrying the group's identification cards". The US State Department urged Egypt to respect the right of peaceful assembly. The US still has not called the military takeover a coup.
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