CAIRO: Egyptian army has opened fired on thousands of supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi and killed at least three supporters in the crowd tried to march towards Republican Guard headquarters during mass rallies Friday to reject the Islamist’s ouster.
At least three supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi were killed by army gunfire as a crowd of several hundred tried to march towards the military barracks in Cairo where he is believed to be held.
According to reports, several dozen people were also injured by shotgun pellets fired by the army and three were killed while stick a pro-Morsi poster on the barbed-wire around the barracks.
Al Jazeera’s reports said that one protester broke away from the rally to stick a pro-Morsi poster on the barbed-wire around the barracks. He was shot in the head with birdshot,”.
Army apache helicopter gunships are making low passes in central Cairo and over to watch each move from protesters.
Security forces were cordoning the Republican Guard barracks but it was not immediately clear who had opened fire.
In Nasr City in the Egyptian capital, thousands of supporters of Morsi gathered to protest against his ouster as the country’s president in a military coup.
Senior Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamed ElBeltagy told the protestors: “Your brothers are now at the Republican Guards trying to help president Morsi get out. Your brothers are being fired at with live bullets.
“I call on the military is to remove the defence minister and to bring president Morsi back to power. We are going to the republican guards as martyrs in million. Today, president Morsi should come back to power,” ElBeltagy said.
Crowd of thousands of supporters of Mohamed Morsi have gathered in Nasr City in the Egyptian capital to protest against his ouster as the country’s president in a military coup.
The crowds increased after Friday afternoon prayers in response to the call by a coalition of Islamist groups led by the Muslim Brotherhood for demonstrations against the coup.
Turkey’s prime minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan condemned the military intervention: (Reuters)
Turkey’s prime minister has condemned the military intervention that toppled Mohamed Morsi as an enemy of democracy, and chastised the West for failing to brand the
ouster a coup.
Referring to his country’s history of coups, Recep Tayyip Erdogan warned that such military uprisings come at a heavy price and must not be tolerated.
“No matter where they are… coups are bad,” Erdogan said in televised remarks.
“Coups are clearly enemies of democracy. Those who rely on the guns in their hands, those who rely on the power of the media cannot build democracy…. Democracy can only be built at ballot box,” said Erdogan.
He also lashed out at the West for shying away from calling the military intervention a coup, while welcoming the African Union’s decision to suspend Egypt over the army’s actions.
“The West has failed the sincerity test,” said Erdogan.
“No offence, but democracy does not accept double standards.”