Barely one month old, the Egyptian cabinet has ordered the police to end sit-ins of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Mursi in Cairo.
The military-backed government said the protests presented “a national security threat”.
The threat of a clampdown on protests was met with defiance by the pro-Mursi camp. Assembling en masse outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya Mosque, Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood continues to call for its leader’s reinstatement following his overthrow by the army on July 3. More than 80 of them were killed by security forces on Saturday.
The announcement was accompanied by news that three top Muslim Brotherhood leaders have been referred to court for inciting violence.