• Egypt Islamists vow further protests amid crackdown

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    CAIRO: Supporters of Egypt’s deposed president Mohamed Morsi vowed more rallies and called for marches on Friday as police arrested another senior Islamist in an ongoing crackdown on Morsi loyalists.

    The call for further protests came as the interior ministry announced the arrest on Thursday of Muslim Brotherhood politician, Mohamed al-Beltagi in a village outside Cairo.

    Elsewhere in Egypt, police arrested 28 Islamists, the official Middle East News Agency reported.

    After arresting much of the movement’s leadership, the police have begun rounding up mid-level operatives around the country.

    The interior ministry also warned on Thursday that live ammunition will be used on protesters who attack public institutions.

    Decapitated and harried by the police crackdown, the Islamist movement pressing for Morsi’s reinstatement has only been able to muster several thousand protesters in recent rallies.

    “We welcome any calls for calm, but we will continue protesting in a peaceful manner,” Salah Gomaa, a member of the Anti-Coup Alliance led by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, told a news conference.

    The Islamist coalition has held almost daily rallies following a deadly police operation on August 14 to disperse their two protest camps in Cairo.

    More than 1,000 people were killed in the operation and ensuing violence, and police have rounded up more than 2,000 Islamists, according to security sources.

    AFP

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