Middle East

Egypt Brotherhood chief urges peaceful pro-Morsi protests

A sticker on the shirt of a supporter of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi shows Morsi (R) with text above it reading in Arabic: "Legitimacy is the red line" and one of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) with text above reading in Arabic: "Leave Sisi, Morsi is the president" outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on July 24, 2013.

A sticker on the shirt of a supporter of Egypt's ousted president Mohamed Morsi shows Morsi (R) with text above it reading in Arabic: "Legitimacy is the red line" and one of army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (L) with text above reading in Arabic: "Leave Sisi, Morsi is the president" outside Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque on July 24, 2013.  (AFP)

The fugitive leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Thursday urged a peaceful "stand" against the coup that overthrew president Mohamed Morsi, on the eve of rival protests possibly presaging a wider crackdown on the Islamists.

"The dignified Egyptian masses...will preserve their rights peacefully," said Mohamed Badei in a statement. "Turn out, to announce you stand for freedom and legitimacy, and against the bloody coup."

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