Supporters of Egypt’s ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi are to continue their defiance of the military-backed government with what they have called ‘a million-man march’ through Cairo today.
Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood members have been camped out for a month now at Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque, demanding Mursi’s reinstatement.
Spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood, Gehad el-Haddad explained where the group stands:
“Our position has not changed. We are ready to accept, discuss, go into detail of every initiative offered to find a solution to this crisis, but only the ones that stand on constitutional legitimacy grounds. Any initiative that means to sanction or approve the military coup is refused from the start.”
Against the backdrop of the political stand-off, the European Union’s foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton has met with both sides. According to local sources she has also met Mursi – unseen since his removal from power. So far no one is yielding, in fact the interim government wants protesters at the Cairo mosque cleared.
Today’s march raises the prospect of more bloodshed after a weekend of violence in which at least 70 people were killed on Saturday in clashes with security forces.