Addressing a press conference in Cairo, Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen displayed bullets that they said were among those that had been used to fire on its supporters outside the headquarters of the Republican Guard.
The Brotherhood condemned the actions of the military and said Mursi, who was democratically elected, remained Egypt’s rightful leader.
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Dr. Ahmed Aref told journalists: “The darkness of the past will never come back. Mursi is the only saviour of the revolution. All these people are supporters of that revolution – to save Egypt from the multiple arrests, from repression and the killing of innocents, the massacres and blocking press freedom.”
The Brotherhood’s description of the bloodshed, in which dozens people were killed, is starkly different from the army’s. The military maintains that a “terrorist group” tried to storm the compound and that soldiers returned fire when they were attacked by armed assailants.
A supporter of Mursi told euronews: “The West has not clearly condemned this as a military coup and the only elected president of Egypt has been arrested. That means the West is saying ‘we want another Bin Laden and another al-Zawahari, and more terrorism’. It’ll lead to Muslim nations hating the West completely.”
Euronews’ Mohammed Shaikhibrahim reported from Cairo: “There have been many calls for calm before the violence escalates, especially after the events outside the Republican Guard – considered to be the biggest threat to the nation’s security so far.”