CAIRO – A coalition of Egyptian Islamist parties on Monday called for an “open-ended” demonstration on Friday in support of President Mohamed Morsi two days before planned rallies against him, raising fears of violence.
The alliance is calling for a “million-man march” followed by an open-ended protest outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Egypt’s Nasr City under the slogan “legitimacy is a red line”, Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party said in a statement on its website.
The call comes a day after the defence minister warned that the army will intervene if violence breaks out.
Opposition-backed protesters have called for mass protests on June 30, accusing Morsi of concentrating power in the hands of his powerful Muslim Brotherhood movement and failing the revolution that brought him to the presidency.
Egypt is deeply polarised. Morsi’s supporters say he is clearing institutions of decades of corruption, but his critics accuse him of concentrating power in the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood.
Since taking office a year ago, Morsi has squared off against the judiciary, media, police and most recently artists.
Leading opponent Mohamed ElBaradei, a former chief of UN nuclear watchdog the International Atomic Energy Agency, urged the president to resign for the sake of national unity.
“For Egypt’s sake, I call on President Mohamed Morsi to resign and give us the opportunity to begin a new phase based on the principles of the revolution, which are freedom and social justice,” ElBaradei said.
A campaign dubbed Tamarod (rebellion in Arabic) first called the anti-Morsi rally to coincide with the first anniversary of his taking office.
Egypt has been rocked by violence over the past year, with political divisions spilling onto the streets in sometimes deadly confrontations.
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