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Egyptians Protest Military Ouster of President

A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi cries during a protest near the University of Cairo.
A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi cries during a protest near the University of Cairo.

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In Egypt, Islamist parties held protests Friday against the military ouster of President Mohamed Morsi and the arrest of leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. The protests followed afternoon prayers across the country. Mr. Morsi was forced out Wednesday following huge protests by those opposed to his Islamist policies.
 
Military leaders replaced him with top judge Adly Mansour. The temporary president was sworn in Thursday. The Muslim Brotherhood quickly denounced the move. Mr. Mansour called for the Muslim Brotherhood to continue to take part in the political process.
 
Islam Abdel-Rahman is on the foreign affairs committee of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. He told VOA that his group will not take part in any political process led by Egypt’s military. Mr. Abdel-Rahman said the Brotherhood still considers Mr. Morsi the rightful president of Egypt. He says his group is calling for peaceful protests against his ouster.
 
“We fully believe in peaceful means of defying this military coup. Actually, we don't believe in taking [up] arms or something like this. We still believe that this country can be managed by peaceful political means.”
 
The military ouster of Egypt’s first democratically elected president came one year after he took office. The military also suspended the constitution, saying the action was necessary because of the risk of a general rebellion.
 
At least three supporters of the ousted president were killed by gunfire Friday. The deaths came as a crowd tried to march to the military housing where the ousted president is believed to be held. A spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party said soldiers shot and killed the protesters. Egyptian soldiers denied that they had used deadly weapons against the protesters.
 
Also Friday, witnesses say soldiers opened fire on pro-Morsi protesters who were trying to march on the defense ministry headquarters.                                                                                                                                                                  
Also in Cairo, thousands of Morsi supporters gathered in the Nasr City neighborhood. They denounced the military intervention and demanded that Egypt’s first democratically elected president be returned to power.
 
Early Friday, security officials said people they called “Islamist gunmen” attacked military and police checkpoints in the northern Sinai area. The attacks killed an Egyptian soldier and wounded at least two others.
 
Egypt's military declared emergency conditions in Suez and Sinai ahead of the planned Islamist protests.
 
The military and Egypt's former opposition groups have called for understanding and compromise as the military moves to restore democratic, civilian rule in Egypt. The military is also denying any campaign against the Muslim Brotherhood.                   

But as of early Friday, prosecutors had ordered the arrest of 300 of the group's members and detained some of its top leaders. The military has suspended the country's Islamist-backed constitution and dissolved the parliament.
 
And that’s In the News from VOA Learning English, written by Onka Dekker. I’m Steve Ember.


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by: faho from: japan
07/11/2013 3:47 AM
"The ballot is stronger than the bullet." -Abraham Lincoln


by: Marwa from: Egypt
07/10/2013 8:46 PM
This article is completely not objective, if you want to write something about Egypt, then translate the Egyptian news, don't put America's point of view in the article and teach it to the world. I am as an Egyptian, very proud of my army, there was no military coup at all, the military only supported the decision of the people (33 million) who decided to protest against the complete injustice and violence of the Islamist (big difference between Islamist and Muslim), the military was smart enough for not falling in the trap of USA who would immediately say it was an ouster against the (first democratically elected president), it didn't give the authority to itself, it gave it to the judge, so the country is still civil.

The Muslim brothers threatened all the Egyptians, that they would turn Egypt into Syria in few days if they don't make Mursi return to presidency, which only shows how violent they are, Mursi hasn't had any accomplishment since he became the president, value of the currency has decreased to the lowest in the history of Egypt, he was hiring only his friends, relatives and people from his own political party in the highest positions, (The prime minister elected by Mursi was the SECRETARY of the minister of agriculture), the mayor of Luxor (a very important turistic city in Egypt) is a terrorist who killed 21 tourists earlier, he ruined all Egypt's relationships with other countries for his big lack of the skills required to handle that.

The military and the Egyptians ousted the ex-president and we are totally happy for that, this year has revealed a lot about all the politicians, it showed us how is corrupted and who isn't, and I am sure that no body (except for the people who are getting direct benefit from the Muslim Brothers) will ever repeat the mistake of electing any of them again, and I do hope that Egypt have a better future


by: Yoshi from: Sapporo
07/08/2013 6:50 AM
How comes the military could detain the present pesident, declair invalidity of constitution and dessolve the parliament?


by: mona from: Egypt
07/08/2013 1:07 AM
Really,you are not fair .Egyption Suffered alot from this terrorist regime ,they killed our sons and we lived in an economic breakdown which threatened our life, only the one thing he needed to achive is
obama's agreement .wake up AMERICANS and try to know about obama's plans.


by: GRZ from: Brazil
07/06/2013 4:15 PM
The integration of VOA news to Merriam-Webster is amazing. Thus, it is much easier to learn. It was a great work of the entire staff of the site. Congratulations and thank you!

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by: Cristian from: Villa Cura Brochero
07/11/2013 6:36 AM
Congratulations too.


by: BIJU.P.Y. from: SOUTH INDIA
07/06/2013 4:12 PM
America shoud lay strict injunctions on Egypt to reinstate democratic rule in the country. I think the muslims are discontent of their own brothers sometimes. I think only with the help of an outside agency that the Egyptians could bring democracy back to their homeland. Thank you.

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by: Heba from: Egypt
07/10/2013 3:22 AM
for all people around the world no Military Coup in Egypt it's a REVOLUTION
Military coup means: the military is a move to seize power to achieve the aspirations and ambitions of the physical self in order to benefit from the seat of government.
And the military coup be organized and implemented within the military only.
The Revolution ( we were 33 milion ): is to rise up against the government. And the uprising is spontaneous popular movement is carried out by the organization of the people expressed through the rejection of a decision or action taken by the governing authority.
And since it is clear that the elements of the military coup is not exist then what happened in Egypt is NOT MILITARY COUP as
the Army didn't seize the power.
The army did not come up to power.
The army did not make the decision alone .. Decision was made with the consent of the peoples of the Egyptian coalition .. And el Katatni ( one of brotherhood elements ) was invited to attend the meeting, but he refused.
Most of us in Egypt are Muslims we love our country and we love the Christians that living with us in this country and they love Egypt too we all want to live in peace but the brotherhood wouldn't let anyone to live in peace.
we don't need any support from America or any other country to teach us the democratic rules, what happened in our country is a ( recall Election ) it's a known Policy in the democratic countries to release the elected president if the popular decide that he didn't deserve to be the president.
- you can read about the brotherhood crimes in Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and many other countries
- they are armed.
- why VOA got the news only from the brotherhood Elements, and didn't speak with any of Tamarud Persons they are the Revolution Coordinators.

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