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Egyptian security forces moved in on Wednesday to disperse two ongoing pro-Morsi sit-ins, now in their sixth week.
The smaller of the two protests, at Nahda Square in Giza, was quickly destroyed by the army and police. But they have yet to disperse the thousands of people still gathered outside the Raba’a al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City neighbourhood. This protest has become something of a miniature city over the past few weeks, with security guards and barricades, tents serving food, and dormitories for protesters.
The map above highlights some of the key infrastructure at this sit-in. Click on the image to get to the interactive map.
Morsi supporters call for fresh protests
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi have begun fresh protests in the capital, Cairo, and across the country after security forces began to violently clear their main demonstrations in the capital.
The US and EU have called on all sides in Egypt’s political crisis to end “a dangerous stalemate" after the interim government said foreign mediation efforts had failed.
The joint statement came as the army-installed government repeated its threat to take action against supporters of deposed President Mohamed Morsi camped out in Cairo.
A small group of protesters, maybe 100 or so, held a protest in Sphinx Square in Giza to denounce both the army and the Muslim Brotherhood.
Protesters called it the “Third Square,” saying they did not feel represented by the pro-military rally in Tahrir Square, nor the pro-Morsi demonstration in Nasr City. They held signs condemning both sides, calling them “military fascists” and “religious fascists.”
They distributed a leaflet saying that they’ve been protesting for two-and-a-half years, first against Hosni Mubarak, then the 16-month period of military rule which followed his ouster, and then against now-deposed president Mohamed Morsi. They saw today’s protest as a continuation of that struggle.
See all the updates on our Egypt Live Blog.
Al Jazeera’s D. Parvaz is near Cairo University in #Giza:
"The pro-Morsi crowd in front of Cairo University is much smaller than the pro-military crowd in Tahrir Square. Still, clearly people have been here for hours in the heat, and given that most are fasting, getting sprayed down with water is the only way to keep cool."
See the rest of her update and photos on the live blog: http://aje.me/egyptliveblog
It is a mistake to think that President Morsi’s removal can usher in defeat of political Islam (or even just the Muslim Brotherhood), just as it was the Muslim Brotherhood’s mistake to see their parliamentary and presidential victories as secularism’s demise.
We are reporting from Alexandria, Nasr City and Tahrir Square.
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Al Jazeera Arabic, the sister channel of Al Jazeera English, is showing the anti-military demonstration in Alexandria.