Islamists urge protesters to avoid Cairo's Tahrir
CAIRO (AFP) - An Islamist alliance urged its supporters to stay away from Cairo's Tahrir Square during protests on Friday to avoid more bloodshed after a week in which nearly 80 Egyptians were killed.
The Anti-Coup Alliance, which rejects Egypt's military-installed government, said the "coup regime is shedding blood without any respect to law or values adopted by our great people".
"So the alliance is calling for marchers to evade places of bloodshed, be it Tahrir or other squares," said a statement from the group which demands the reinstatement of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi.
It said its appeal follows calls made by several intellectuals and political forces as marches to the iconic square "will lead to more bloodshed".