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Mursi protesters face crackdown

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 01:11

Aug. 12 - Supporters of ousted Egyptian president defy warnings that moves to disperse them would begin on Monday. Paul Chapman reports.

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Egyptian police said they would move in at dawn to break up these protesters in Cairo. Their warning fell on deaf ears. Thousands staging sit-ins in support of ousted president Mohamad Mursi stayed put regardless on Sunday night. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) GAMAL HESHMAT, SENIOR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD LEADER, SAYING: "This is a sit-in for all the sons of Egypt and any attempt to besiege it or impose a slow death by cutting off water or food or electricity is a crime and anyone responsible will be held accountable. Also any attack or the killing of Egyptians because of political differences which the police and army are doing now will be punished and could ignite all of Egypt." Mursi's supporters, mainly from the Muslim Brotherhood, have turned places like this into something resembling fortresses. Sandbags and brick walls block the entrances to the two squares the security forces would likely target. The sites are the main flashpoint areas in the confrontation between the army and supporters of Mursi whom it toppled.

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Mursi protesters face crackdown

Monday, August 12, 2013 - 01:11