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Egyptian General Asks for Mass Demonstrations

Egyptian General Asks for Mass Demonstrations

The Egyptian general in control of the forces that deposed Mohammed Morsi is calling for more protests so the military can show that it, rather than Islamists, are in charge.

According to the New York Times, on July 24 General Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi asked for demonstrations that could justify military intervention and give him a “mandate” to act against violence and terrorism.

He asked Egyptians to hold their protests on July 26: “I’m asking you to show the world, if violence is sought or terrorism is sought, the military and the police are authorized to confront this.”

The Muslim Brotherhood has responded by saying the General’s call for demonstrations for this purpose is a call for “civil war.”

Egypt’s military and the Muslim Brotherhood have been at odds since Morsi was “removed from power on July 3.”

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