Egypt's rulers want to break up Brotherhood vigils

August 1, 2013 02:52

CAIRO - Egypt faced the prospect of fresh bloodshed on Thursday after the country's army-backed rulers signaled they would move soon to disperse thousands of supporters of deposed Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

With no sign of a negotiated end to weeks of violent confrontation, Egypt's interim government said two Cairo vigils by Morsi supporters posed a threat to national security, citing "terrorism" and traffic disruption.

It ordered the Interior Ministry to take steps to "address these dangers and put an end to them," but gave no time frame.

The announcement set up a showdown with the Muslim Brotherhood, which refuses to leave the streets until Egypt's first freely elected president is reinstated. Deposed by the army on July 3, Morsi remains in military detention at a secret location.

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