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Morsi’s supporters defy govt

Updated August 09, 2013

CAIRO: Thousands of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi on Thursday celebrated Eidul Fitr by defying government calls for them to leave the streets.

Under a cloud of balloons, thousands of men, women and children attended the prayer marking the end of Ramazan in the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares, where Morsi’s supporters have been camped for weeks.

Egypt’s army-installed government had vowed on Wednesday to remove the protest camps, but leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood called for rallies ‘until victory’, raising fears of further bloody confrontations.

Several thousand supporters of the ousted president also marched in other parts of Egypt, including in Alexandria and Qena in the south.—AFP