News Wrap: Pro-Morsi Protests Resume in Egypt
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KWAME HOLMAN: Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi staged their biggest protest today since a military crackdown two weeks ago killed hundreds. By the thousands, they marched through Cairo and other cities, demanding an end to military-dominated rule. Most marches ended without incident, but there were some clashes and several deaths. Still, the crowds remained defiant.
MAN (through interpreter): We are here and we are unarmed, as you can see. We have nothing, and they are the ones who are hitting us with tear gas.
MOHAMED RAGAB, Muslim Brotherhood supporter (through interpreter): I am here today to tell military chief General Fattah al-Sisi that we will not be scared of your tanks and your soldiers. You may put us all in prison as much as you like. We will not kneel.
KWAME HOLMAN: Many leaders of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood have been arrested in recent weeks, and that had put a damper on demonstrations until today.
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