Islamists cancel Cairo rallies for ‘security reasons’

Supporters of Egypt’s deposed Islamist President Mohammed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood wave Turkish and Egyptian flags during a rally in protest against the recent violence in Egypt, outside of the Eminonu New mosque in Istanbul August 17, 2013.

Citing “security reasons,” an Islamist alliance opposed to the Egyptian military’s ousting of former President Mohammed Mursi called off rallies planned for Sunday, Agence France-Presse reported.

“Several marches in Cairo have been cancelled for security reasons,” AFP quoted Yasmine Adel, a spokeswoman of the Anti-Coup Coalition, as saying.

Adel added that some other marches were taking place but it was not immediately possible to confirm her statement.

According to an AFP correspondent, residents took over a mosque in central Cairo’s Dokki neighborhood for use as a starting point for a march.

The correspondent added that vigilantes in the area stopped cars with bearded people and forcibly removed them from their vehicles.

On Sunday, the Muslim Brotherhood received a blow when Egyptian prosecutors placed 250 of their supporters under investigation for murder, attempted murder and terrorism, Reuters reported the state MENA news agency as saying.

The 250 Brotherhood supporters were arrested by police after Friday clashes that pitted followers of Mursi against security forces.

The clashes, dubbed the “Friday of Anger” by Brotherhood supporters, saw more than 170 people killed.

Egypt has also intensified its clampdown against the Islamist movement by arresting four Brotherhood leaders in the Damanhor province on Saturday.

(Source / 18.08.2013)

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