The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt Thursday
vowed to bring down the “military coup” that toppled former President Mohammed Mursi and said it remained committed to peaceful activism after a deadly crackdown to disperse sit-ins by protesters calling for the re-installment of the Islamist leader.
“We will always be non-violent and peaceful. We remain strong, defiant and resolved,” Agence France-Presse quoted the Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad al-Haddad as saying on his Twitter feed.
He added: “We will push [forward] until we bring down this military coup.”
The Muslim Brotherhood called for a march in Cairo on Thursday. The Islamist movement said the planned march would set off from the al-Iman mosque in the capital “to protest the death of their relatives,” AFP reported.
At least 525 people were killed in Egypt on Wednesday, including 202 protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in Cairo, a health ministry official told AFP.
The senior health ministry official Khaled al-Khatib told AFP that 43 policemen had also been killed.
Meanwhile on Thursday, security forces struggled to deter insecurity in Egypt after the military-installed government declared a month-long state of emergency.