Mursi loyalists in Egypt call for new Friday rallies
CAIRO (AFP) - Islamist supporters of Egypt's deposed leader Mohamed Mursi planned new rallies on Friday as the interim premier suggested a crackdown on their protest camps was imminent.
Mursi supporters called for marches to begin after the Muslim Friday prayers at noon as the nation rested on the second day of the Eid al-Fitr holiday.
The government had said it held off from breaking up the protest camps in Cairo out of respect for the holy month of Ramadan, which ended on Wednesday night, and to give foreign mediators a chance to end the deadlock peacefully.
But prime minister Hazem al-Beblawi warned late on Thursday "that the situation is approaching the moment we would rather avoid".