Ousted Egypt president's loyalists call for fresh protests as crackdown looms
CAIRO (AFP) - Supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Mursi called for more rallies on Sunday to demand his reinstatement, amid last-ditch efforts for reconciliation ahead of a threatened crackdown on protests.
Mursi loyalists, led by the Muslim Brotherhood, have kept up two huge protest camps in Cairo to protest against his ouster by the military on July 3.
They say nothing short of his reinstatement will persuade them to disperse, despite several warnings by the interim leaders that the camps will be dismantled after the Eid al-Fitr holiday, which was to end on Sunday.
In a sign of the mounting tensions, a brief overnight power cut at the main sit-in outside the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque struck panic among the pro-Mursi demonstrators, with some taking to social media to announce the assault had begun.