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No crackdown yet on Mursi supporters' camps

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No crackdown yet on Mursi supporters' camps


As supporters of Egypt’s deposed President Mohamed Mursi continued their protests, the authorities have reportedly postponed plans to disperse two huge sit-ins in Cairo.

At the same time a judge extended Mursi’s detention by 15 days.

Security sources and a government official had said police action to dismantle the protest camps would start at dawn on Monday despite the risk of violent clashes, but all was quiet through the day.

Mursi’s defiant supporters have said that they would resist any attempts to move them and have fortified the camps with sandbags and piles of rocks.

The authorities are keen to end the protests which have been going on since the military ousted Mursi six weeks ago.

They held off from acting over the Eid al-Fitr holiday after the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan. That holiday ended on Sunday.

A security source said the delay was also because numbers had swelled at the camps after reports of an imminent crackdown.

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