Pro-Morsi Rally Turns Violent, Shots Fired (Video)

by
Owen Poindexter
Shots were fired at a pro-Morsi rally, as unrest continues in Egypt—only which side the protestors are on has reversed.


Pro-Morsi supporters rally against the military coup that removed Morsi from power. WARNING: This video contains a few graphic images.

Shots were fired at a pro-Morsi rally, as unrest continues in Egypt—only which side the protestors are on has reversed. Reuters reported that three were killed at the rally, which called for Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected President to be reinstated. Morsi was deposed as president in a military coup. Morsi’s supporters, many of whom belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, have vowed to keep protesting until he is reinstated.

There were conflicting reports over who fired the shots and how many are dead. Reporters from multiple news outlets, including Reuters and the BBC, reported seeing Egyptian troops fire on pro-Morsi supporters. A military spokesperson told Reuters that the army only fired blanks and tear gas into the crowd, not bullets.

Gehad El-Haddad, a leading spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood who has been outspoken in opposing the military coup and Morsi’s fall, said it was military police nearby -- not the Republican Guards, who were on the front lines of the clash with pro-Morsi demonstrators -- who opened fire. He said on a Twitter post that he did not know if the shots were fired "under panic or by order."

The Independent reported that the crowd surged toward soldiers who responded by opening fire.

The pro-Morsi rally was part of a “Friday of Rejection,” in which the Muslim Brotherhood and other pro-Morsi forces took to the streets to reject the military coup that removed Morsi from power. Though the protests likely won’t work, ironically it was protests that the army used as justification to depose Morsi in the first place.

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