Backers of Mursi defy government calls to clear streets
CAIRO, Qahirah (AFP) - Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi on Thursday celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, defying government calls for them to leave the streets.
However, there was no immediate sign that the government was readying to carry out its threat made on Wednesday to remove Islamist protest camps set up to demand Mr Mursi's reinstatement following his ouster by the army on July 3.
Under a cloud of balloons, thousands of men, women and children attended the dawn prayer marking the end of the fasting month in the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares, where Mr Mursi's supporters have been camped for weeks calling for his reinstatement.
Egypt's army-installed government vowed on Wednesday to remove the protest camps, saying it had refrained from doing so out of "solicitude for the holy month of Ramadan".