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Egypt: Fatwa bans non-peaceful protests

Dar al-Ifta called on “all citizens to ignore calls of confrontation and sabotage launched by some tendentious”

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The Cairo-based institution charged with issuing Islamic edicts issued Thursday a fatwa banning any form of protests that could lead to rebellion, a day before the second anniversary of the Rabaa al-Adawiya clashes that left hundreds dead, many of them affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Dar al-Ifta called on “all citizens to ignore calls of confrontation and sabotage launched by some tendentious.”

The Islamic body said: “Clashing with the authorities and adopting subversive views. And the refusal to live [within the society] based on common points is not part of Islam. It is forbidden because it leads to the demolition of the interests of the people and the country.”

Meanwhile, the Muslim Brotherhood called for nationwide gatherings to mark the event. The group said the protests would be under the slogan: “The ground doesn’t absorb the blood”

According to local media, Egypt has stepped up security ahead of the event.

A security official told state owned news agency MENA that “any attempts by the Muslim Brotherhood to attack policemen, or any unusual acts will be faced with assertive and quick confrontation."

Hundreds of supporters of Mohammed Mursi's Muslim Brotherhood have been killed and thousands arrested, since he was ousted in 2013. With the largest number of deaths occurring two years ago, when security forces stormed two protest camps in Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares.

At least 817 were killed in Rabaa al-Adawiya alone, Human Rights Watch said.