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

(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."

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)
Egyptian army soldiers take their positions while guarding an entrance to Tahrir Square in Cairo Friday.   (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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