2 Signs That Egypt Faces Another Brutal Day
Protesters begin hitting the streets after prayers
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Aug 16, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
An Egyptian man walks through debris from what is left of burned vehicles outside the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

(Newser) – Two ominous developments suggest Egypt is in for another brutal day: First, the Muslim Brotherhood's website today declares that "the struggle to overthrow this illegitimate regime is an obligation," reports CNN. Second, the government made a point to authorize the use of live ammunition by security forces, reports the Guardian. Thousands of supporters of Mohamed Morsi already have begun taking to the streets in Cairo and elsewhere after Friday prayers for a "Day of Rage," reports AP. (See this Twitter photo.) Other developments:

  • The government rejected President Obama's criticism yesterday, saying it would only "strengthen and encourage violent groups," reports Reuters.

  • John McCain tells the BBC that the US should have cut off military aid after Morsi was ousted because it was clearly a coup. "That sends a message of tolerance of brutality, of ineffective American leadership to the Muslim world, that the United States of America at least condones this kind of behavior, which we cannot."
  • Al-Jazeera describes the scene at a raided mosque in Nasr City, "where the smell of death mixed with the putridly sweet air freshener and family members wailed inconsolably."

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Aug 16, 2013 11:29 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ..... Only one side can win this struggle .. and the losers face the DEATH penalty. The losers of this fight between the Generals and their supporters .. and Morsi and the brotherhood, will suffer the same fate as Qaddafi and his family, and their supporters.... DEATH awaits the losers. Morsi and Assad, and their families, are marked for death .. just like they killed Qaddafi and his family. Obama sent (CIA death squads) .. and Saudis sent money .. to eliminate Morsi and Assad.... REALLY
Aug 16, 2013 6:23 PM CDT
Not a problem, the USA has supplied Egypt free of charge, over 85 Billion Dollars worth of military equipment since 1948. So they have plenty of equipment to put down the brohood without our troops over there. Just think of what that amount of money $85,000,000,000 Dollars, would have accomplished here in our own country if it had of been spent on improvements for the country. We desperately need ALL NEW REPRESENTATIVES in Washington ASAP.
Aug 16, 2013 2:59 PM CDT
At least they got lots of our military hardware there to crack down on all the protests.