After Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Mursi, was allowed a visit by Europe’s top diplomat – his first by an outsider – his supporters appeared more galvanised.
The Muslim Brotherhood organised a day of marches from their base at Rabaa al Adawiya mosque repeating their call for Mursi to be reinstated.
“Today we decided to go out on our ‘Million March for our Martyrs’ for those who were killed during the military coup, to respect those martyrs who sacrificed their blood for the freedom and dignity of this country,” said one Mursi supporter.
Nearly 300 people have been killed in violence since Mursi was removed by the military, including at least 70 of his supporters gunned down last Saturday.
Muslim Brotherhood leader Safwat Hejazi warned the West against backing the military-led government:
“In the 21st century, how can America and Europe support a military coup which kills revolution, freedom and the democratic experience in Egypt? If liberty dies and democracy is closed off from Islamists, they will face terrorism and extremism.”
Catherine Ashton has said little about her visit to Mursi but during a joint press conference, interim Vice President Mohamed Elbaradei agreed that an inclusive process was needed to end the confrontation but he said that would not include Mursi..