Morsi Supporters Plan Rally Amid New Violence

Army: We'll allow 'peaceful protest'

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 5, 2013 5:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and Mohamed Morsi are fuming over the military's clampdown after Brotherhood leaders were arrested and Morsi detained. Arrest warrants are out for some 300 members of the group, the BBC reports. "What kind of national reconciliation starts with arresting people?" asks the son of a Brotherhood official, per the New York Times. "This is complete exclusion." But the army says it will allow a planned rally today: "Peaceful protest and freedom of expression are rights guaranteed to everyone, which Egyptians have earned as one of the most important gains of their glorious revolution," the army posted on Facebook.

As protests have continued, so has violence. Morsi's hometown saw dozens hurt last night, Reuters reports, and the Sinai Peninsula was hit with rocket attacks by Islamist militants. A soldier was killed in the onslaught against police and military sites, though it's not certain the attacks were associated with Morsi's downfall, the BBC notes; Sinai is a frequent target of such violence.

Egyptian soldiers deploy near Cairo University, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered to support ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Egyptian soldiers deploy near Cairo University, where Muslim Brotherhood supporters gathered to support ousted president Mohamed Morsi in Cairo, Thursday, July 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
Supporters of Morsi chant slogans during a rally near the University of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 4, 2013.
Supporters of Morsi chant slogans during a rally near the University of Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, July 4, 2013.   (AP Photo/Manu Brabo)
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