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Egypt: Police ordered to end pro-Morsi protests

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  • In this Sunday, July 28, 2013 file photo, supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray at Nasr City, where protesters have installed a camp and hold daily rallies, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's army has held Morsi incommunicado at undisclosed locations since pushing him from power in a July 3 coup. Now, Egypt's military-backed government has ordered the police to break up the sit-in protests by supporters of Morsi.

      In this Sunday, July 28, 2013 file photo, supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi pray at Nasr City, where protesters have installed a camp and hold daily rallies, in Cairo, Egypt. Egypt's army has held Morsi incommunicado at undisclosed locations since pushing him from power in a July 3 coup. Now, Egypt's military-backed government has ordered the police to break up the sit-in protests by supporters of Morsi.
    Associated Press

 
Associated Press

CAIRO -- Egypt's military-backed government has ordered the police to break up the sit-in protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, saying they pose an "unacceptable threat" to national security.

Information Minister Dorreya Sharaf el-Din said in a televised statement Wednesday that the police are to end the demonstrations "within the law and the constitution."

The comments signal a move to break up the two main pro-Morsi protests -- one outside a mosque in eastern Cairo and another outside the main Cairo University camps -- was imminent.

Morsi was overthrown by the military on July 3 after mass rallies calling for his ouster.

Last week, millions of Egyptians took to the streets to give military chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi a mandate to deal with violence and "potential terrorism."

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