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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Egypt’s government still plans to disperse pro-Morsy sit-ins

Hazem El-Beblawy, Egypt's interim Prime Minister
Egypt’s interim Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy has announced on 7 August during the press conference of the government that the recently taken decision to disperse pro-Morsy sit-ins in Cairo is still in power.

We would remind that at the beginning of the month Egypt’s Cabinet has delegated the functions of restoring the order and fighting with the “terrorism” in Egypt and particularly in its capital Cairo to the Interior Ministry, and Egypt’s Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim made an announcement calling for the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters staging the sit-ins and the protests to leave the protests area, or the security forces will take all the legal measures to disperse the protests. Safety and security was promised to those who will willingly leave the protests points.

But the supporters of Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Morsy and of Muslim Brotherhood rejected this call and remained in the squares continuing their protests and sit-ins demanding reinstatement of Mohamed Morsy as Egypt’s President.

Egypt’s Prime Minister Hazem El-Beblawy also stated that the sit-ins haven’t been dispersed yet due to the Muslim holy month of Ramadan and also regarding the fact that the national reconciliation talks between Egypt’s current government and Muslim Brotherhood have been held in Cairo and attended by numerous international politicians and diplomats including USA, EU and Gulf countries.

But on Wednesday Egypt’s Presidency has officially declared that the reconciliation talks with Muslim Brotherhood’s representatives have failed due to the demands of Islamist forces to reinstate Morsy as the state’s President and their inflexibility in the negotiations.

Rabaa Al-Adaweya Square in Cairo
Thus after this official statement Egypt’s Prime Minister announced that the government still plans to disperse the sit-ins in Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adaweya Square in Nasr City and Al-Nahda Square in Giza if the protesters will not leave them.

Prime Minister repeated that those who will leave the pro-Morsy sit-ins will be granted safety and security and will be even provided with the free transportation. None of them will be subjected to any arrests or investigations excluding those responsible for violent attacks and crimes.

In addition to that Hazem El-Beblawy warned Muslim Brotherhood protesters and their leadership of using the violence to confront the security forces and promised such actions will be met with force. But he expressed the hope that the violence will be avoided.

Egyptian supporters of the deposed President Mohamed Morsy and Muslim Brotherhood have been protesting and holding sit-ins in Cairo and other Egyptian cities nationwide since 28 June. Numerous violent clashes broke out between the rival protesters’ groups or between the protesters and security forces have been taken more than 200 lived and hundreds injured as well.