Egypt's Mursi says will not tolerate killings or sabotage
CAIRO (AFP) - Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi said he will not tolerate killings or sabotage but will respect free speech, in a live address to the nation on Thursday after bloody clashes between his supporters and opponents.
"We respect peaceful freedom of speech but will never allow anyone to take part in killings and sabotage," he said in the speech which came amid the worst political crisis since his election in June.
On Thursday, medics reported seven people had died in overnight clashes between Islamist Mursi supporters and secular-leaning opponents outside the presidential palace.
The military set up a barbed wire barrier 150m from the palace, after ordering Mr Mursi allies and foes alike to pull back, an AFP correspondent reporter said.