Muslem Brotherhood Vows to Continue Cairo Rallies

Webcast News Service, July 13, 2013

Supporters of Egypt's ousted president remained in Cairo's Rabaa el-Adawiya Square on Saturday, determined to protest until Mohamed Morsi is reinstated.

The Muslim Brotherhood movement has gathered at the square since Morsi's removal from power by the Egyptian military.

On Friday, tens of thousands of Morsi's supporters rallied in Cairo.

They gathered outside the Rabaa el-Adawiya Mosque, chanting "tell the truth."

It was a call to the interim government to clarify who is Egypt's legitimate president.

The protesters braved intense midday heat along with the effects of going without food and water for the daily Ramadan fast.

Morsi opponents marched in Cairo's Tahrir Square, accusing his Muslim Brotherhood movement of instigating deadly violence earlier this week.

But both sides had promised Friday's rallies would be peaceful and no trouble was reported.

The Egyptian military overthrew Morsi July 3 after days of demonstrations.

The opposition has accused him of betraying the 2011 revolution that forced longtime president Hosni Mubarak to quit.

The United States has not called Morsi's ouster a coup.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called on the military Friday to free him from house arrest.

She gave no specific reason why the U.S.

wants Morsi out of detention, but earlier this week the State Department criticized what it called the military's politicized arrests of Muslim Brotherhood members.

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