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Pro-Mursi protesters angered over Kerry endorsement of army-installed government

Friday, August 02, 2013 - 01:17

Aug. 2 - Supporters of Mohamed Mursi, Egypt's deposed president, decry comments by US Secretary for State John Kerry endorsing his toppling by the military. Tom Dinham reports.

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Muslim Brotherhood supporters massed at two of their camps in the capital on Friday preparing for potential confrontation with security forces. The government warned them to give up their month-long sit in or face action. And state television said police would block access to one of the camps. As well as demanding the return to power of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi They were fired up by comments on Thursday by US Secretary of State John Kerry. In the strongest endorsement yet to Egypt's army-backed government Kerry said the military had been "restoring democracy" when it deposed Mursi from office last month. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROMINENT ISLAMIST POLITICIAN, SAFWAT HEGAZY, SAYING: "John Kerry and America are the ones who made the coup, they planned it and carried it out. So what else can you expect from him?" Mursi became Egypt's first freely elected president in June 2012 - but faced weeks of demonstrations against his rule. Many Egyptians were frustrated by his failure to get to grips with social and economic problems. They also feared he was leading the country towards stricter Islamist control.

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Pro-Mursi protesters angered over Kerry endorsement of army-installed government

Friday, August 02, 2013 - 01:17