Published July 03, 2013
CAIRO (AFP) – Following are key developments in Egypt since millions took to the streets Sunday to demand the resignation of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, a year after he took the oath of office
- Sunday, June 30:
- Chanting "Leave!" and "the people want the ouster of the regime," crowds demonstrate across Egypt in response to a call from the grassroots movement Tamarod -- Arabic for rebellion.
- In Cairo the protesters gather around the presidential pa
ace and in Tahrir Square, epicentre of Egypt's 2011 revolution.
- Huge demonstrations also take place in Alexandria, Menouf and Mahallah in the Nile Delta, and in the canal cities of Suez and Port Said.
- The army speaks of "several million" protesters and a military source tells AFP: "It is the biggest protest in Egypt's history."
- Morsi supporters rally in the Cairo district of Nasr City. The army puts their numbers at 25,000.
- At least 16 people are killed nationwide, eight during clashes between government supporters and opposition forces outside the Cairo headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood, the health ministry says.
- Morsi calls for dialogue, which Tamarod rejects, saying there is no alternative to his resignation.
- Opposition leader Hamdeen Sabbahi presses the army to support opposition forces if Morsi does not step down.
- Monday July 1:
- Protesters set fire to the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo then loot it.
- Tamarod gives Morsi until 1500 GMT on Tuesday July 2 to quit or face an open-ended campaign of civil disobedience.
- The tourism, environment, communications, and judicial and parliamentary affairs ministers resign.
- The army gives Morsi 48 hours to meet the "people's demands" or face an imposed solution.
- In Tahrir Square, anti-Morsi protesters erupt in joy on hearing the army's statement.
- Morsi's office rebuffs the army's ultimatum, denouncing any declaration that would "deepen division" and "threaten the social peace".
- Tuesday July 2:
- Morsi holds talks all day with army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the military says.
- The National Salvation Front, the main opposition coalition, says it would not support a "military coup" and trusts the army statement does not mean it would assume a political role.
- The spokesmen for the presidency and the cabinet quit.
- Opposition groups choose leading dissident Mohamed ElBaradei to represent them in the negotiations called for by the army.
- Opponents of Morsi pack into Tahrir Square, while his backers join a sit-in in the Nasr City neighbourhood, while hundreds gather near Cairo University.
- Clashes between the rival sides leave seven people dead, medics say.
- Gunmen kill 16 people and wound 200 others at a Cairo rally supporting Morsi, health ministry officials say the next day.
- Wednesday July 3:
- Morsi refuses to quit, insists on his constitutional legitimacy, and "calls on the armed forces to withdraw their warning and rejects any dictates, domestic or foreign."
- Senior military commanders hold emergency talks, a source close to the army says