The Muslim Brotherhood has called for mass protests in response to the military movement that led to the fall of former President Mohamed Morsi.
An Islamist coalition, led by the Brotherhood, urged people on Thursday to take part in a “Friday of Rejection” protest following weekly prayers.
The call is being seen as a test of whether Morsi still has a support base in the country, and how the army will deal with it.
Egypt’s army released a statement later on Thursday on its Facebook page, saying that the right to peaceful protest should not be abused, as it could lead to civil unrest, while re-iterating that it was not targeting any political group.
“Wisdom, true nationalism and constructive human values that all religions have called for, require us now to avoid taking any exceptional or arbitrary measures against any faction or political current,” the statement said.
“Peaceful protest and freedom of expression are rights guaranteed to everyone, which Egyptians have earned as one of the most important gains of their glorious revolution,” according to the army’s statement.
“Excessive use of this right without reason could carry some negative implications, including blocking roads, delaying public benefits and destroying institutions, posing a threat to social peace, the national interest and damaging the security and economy in our precious Egypt.”
Newly sworn-in interim leader Adly Mansour used his inauguration as an apparent attempt to heal the relationship with the Brotherhood.
“The Muslim Brotherhood are part of this people and are invited to participate in building the nation as nobody will be excluded, and if they respond to the invitation, they will be welcomed,” he said.
(Source: Al Jazeera)