Pro-democracy supporters stage Friday morning rallies
Friday, March 21, 2014
CAIRO – Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged morning rallies Friday in several Egyptian cities as part of an 11-day "revolutionary wave" called by a major pro-democracy group.
Pro-democracy supporters rallied in Giza province, west of Cairo, amid chants against security crackdown on demonstrators and what they describe as "deteriorating conditions".
Several pro-democracy rallies also set out in the coastal city of Alexandria, with protesters calling for the release of detainees and ending what they call as the "military coup".
Protesters chanted slogans against the army and police and flashed out the Rabaa sign, in memory of hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators killed by security forces in a violent dispersal of their protest camps in Cairo in mid-August.
Backers of the ousted president also staged rallies in the Upper Egyptian province of Minya to condemn what they call "police brutality" and daily arrests of Morsi supporters.
Since Morsi's ouster by the army more than eight months ago, which critics describe as an unconstitutional "military coup," his supporters have staged rallies on an almost daily basis to demand his reinstatement.
On Wednesday, the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, called for an 11-day "revolutionary wave" to mark the third anniversary of a constitutional referendum that had represented Egypt's first free poll following the 2011 ouster of autocratic president Hosni Mubarak.
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