US to Egypt: Release Morsi

Echoes Germany's calls to Egyptian military

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2013 4:42 PM CDT

(Newser) – The US has joined in calls for the release of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. Earlier today, Germany called for "an end to the restrictions on Mr Morsi's whereabouts," reports GlobalPost. When asked if the US supports Germany's position, a US State Department spokesperson said it does, and that the detention of Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood members were "politically motivated," CNN reports. (She didn't, however, use a particular four-letter word.)

The calls come as tens of thousands demonstrated across Egypt today, demanding Morsi's reinstatement as president. In Cairo, pro-Morsi protestors appear to be in for the long haul—the camp in front of Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque is now two weeks old and protestors have built toilet facilities, the AP reports. "We are ready to stay for a month, two months, a year, or even two years," a cleric told the demonstration today.

Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi hold posters of him as they protest during the Islamic month of Ramadan.
Supporters of ousted Egypt's President Mohammed Morsi hold posters of him as they protest during the Islamic month of Ramadan.   (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)
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