Thousands of pro-Mursi supporters have taken to the streets across Egypt in what is being called a ‘Friday of Rage.’
They are calling for Mursi to be reinstated as president. Many, covered from head to toe in white with holes cut out for their eyes and holding pictures of Mursi, said they were ready to die as martyrs.
Euronews’ Cairo correspondent, Mohammed Sheikhibrahim, says protesters are not ready to back down: “The Muslim Brotherhood rejects the declaration by the military and considers the decision void. It’s calling for Mursi to be reinstated. Some demonstrators who we met explicitly threatened the Egyptian army with military action, so the Muslim Brotherhood says it won’t surrender and it will resist.”
The first freely elected president of Egypt was toppled on Wednesday in what the Muslim Brotherhood call a military coup.
The United States has so far avoided referring to the military’s removal of Mursi as a coup. However the African Union has suspended Egypt, saying it is the “usual response” to any interruption of constitutional rule by a member state.
Earlier on Friday, the interim president dissolved parliament by decree. The head of intelligence was also fired.