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Pro-Mursi protesters fail to launch ‘illegal’ radio channel

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The Egyptian Radio and Television Union (ERTU) has stopped pro-Mursi protestors from launching an “illegal” radio channel, reported the Ahram Online.

Pro-Mursi protesters had unsuccessfully attempted to gain control of an ERTU-owned FM frequency and launch a radio station by the name of “Here is Rabaa,” Shokry abu-Emara, chairman of the ERTU told the Ahram Arabic news portal on Saturday.

Since the ouster of Egypt’s elected President Mohammed Mursi, his supporters turned the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo into the headquarters of their demonstrations, demanding the reinstatement of the former president after what they see as a military coup.

Abu-Emara confirmed that all Egypt’s available FM frequencies have been loaded with music and Quran readings, as a way to prevent any illegal takeover that would “wrongly exploit” the mass communication tool, Ahram Online reported.

“All channels on the FM radio frequency are now loaded after attempts by the protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya to illegally seize an FM channel,” he said.

Tens of thousands of Mursi’s loyalists celebrated the first Friday of the holy month of Ramadan in a mass iftar at Rabaa al-Adawiya, reported the Global Times. Their opponents, who called for Mursi’s ouster weeks ago, gathered to break their fast in Tahrir Square.