The European Union has sent its foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton to Cairo to meet with interim President Adly Mansour and his senior ministers, and during the visit she also met with senior figures from the Muslim Brotherhood.
The visit went ahead in a climate of continuing street protests in support of former President Mursi, who was toppled by the army two weeks ago. Now the new administration is opening legal proceedings against several of the Brotherhood’s leaders, including its spiritual guide Mohamed Badie.
“So now they’re being tough with us? The police, the army and the thugs standing behind them? Why won’t they let us go to Tahrir square? Aren’t we Egyptians too? Isn’t there supposed to be freedom?” said one man.
“What happened is that the police stopped a peaceful march from going forward. But we are determined to go forward peacefully no matter how many of us they kill, one, two or three thousand. Our power is in our peacefulness. They say we’re terrorists, but we are the most peaceful party in Egypt and we will bring back the president peacefully,” said another.
Mursi is still being held in a secret location and has not been seen since he was ousted, and clashes between his supporters and security forces are multiplying.