Egypt’s Islamists call for Friday protest over ‘military coup’

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An alliance of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Islamist parties called on Thursday for nationwide mass protests on Friday against a military decision to oust elected Islamist president Mohammad Mursi.

The “National Alliance to Support Legitimacy” rejected in a statement what they called a “military’s coup against legitimacy” of the elected Islamist president.

The statement held those behind the “coup” responsible for Mursi’s safety, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

It also condemned what they described as the return of the “police state” following arrests of top Islamists and the shutting down of their television channels.

The statement was read out to Mursi’s supporters gathering in Cairo's Nasr City, AFP reported.

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