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Islamists Defy Call To End Cairo Protests


A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Muhammad Morsi looks at banners displaying images of dead Islamists in Cairo.

A supporter of Egypt's ousted President Muhammad Morsi looks at banners displaying images of dead Islamists in Cairo.

Supporters of Muhammad Morsi, Egypt’s ousted Islamist president, are defying calls to end their protest sit-ins in Cairo.

Pro-Islamist demonstrators at two Cairo sit-ins continued their vigils into August 2, despite a government offer on August 1 of "protection" for those who stop demonstrating.

The protesters chanted "Over our dead bodies" into the early morning hours of August 2.

More than 260 people have been killed in street violence since Egypt’s armed forces toppled Morsi on July 3.

Rights groups, activists, and politicians from rival camps have tried to ward off further use of force by the military -- including a suggestion of putting a human chain around the protest sites.

Mass rallies on July 26 that were called by military chief General Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi have shown that a large segment of Egypt’s population supports Morsi’s removal.

In Islamabad on August 1, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry denied that Egypt's military had taken over, saying, "In effect, they were restoring democracy."

Based on reporting by AP, Reuters, and AFP.
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