Thousands are gathering as both the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents called for new mass rallies Sunday, renewing fears of another round of street violence after the country’s military removed Islamist President Mohammed Morsi from office.
The calls for competing rallies come after clashes two days ago between the rival camps left at least 36 dead and more than 1,000 injured nationwide.
The military said troops are beefing up security and warned against any “provocative actions.” Any violators will be “dealt with decisively, under the law,” the army spokesman said in an official Facebook posting. In Friday’s violence it sided with the anti-Morsi crowds and in one case, opened fire on pro-Morsi demonstrators.
At the Rabaa Adawiya mosque in Cairo, an estimated 20,000 pro-Morsi supporters have gathered, chanting and waving posters, The Guardian reports.
In another area of Cairo on Sunday morning, nearly 5,000 pro-Morsi demonstrators blocked a highway between the Republican Guard headquarters and the Egyptian Air Force headquarters, according to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram.
Protesters brandishing homemade weapons and armor were seen standing at roadblocks in Cairo’s Nasr City district, Sky News reports.
Egypt’s new leadership is also wrangling over the naming of a prime minister.
The Brotherhood, which helped propel Morsi to power as Egypt’s first democratically elected leader, has denounced the military’s move as a coup against democracy and demands he be reinstated. Currently, Morsi is in detention with the military, though his location is unknown.