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Egypt offers ‘safe passage’ for Morsi’s supporters

Egyptian authorities on Thursday offered ‘safe passage and protection’ for thousands of supporters of the  country’s ousted president if they end their marathon sit-ins in Cairo.
The offer by the interior ministry appears to be the first step in an effort by Egypt’s new leadership to clear the more than a month-long protest by Mohammed Morsi’s followers in an eastern Cairo district and in the capital’s twin city of  Giza.

It came a day after Egypt’s military-backed cabinet ordered the ministry, which is in charge of the police, to clear the  two sit-ins, arguing that they posed a threat to national security and terrorized citizens.

‘The interior ministry ... calls on those in the squares of Rabaa el-Adawiya and Nahda to listen to the sound of reason,  side with the national interest and quickly leave,’ interior ministry spokesman Hany Abdel-Latif said in a televised address.

‘Whoever responds to this call will have a safe passage and protection,’ he added. The offer also raised the specter of another bout of violence if security forces move in against the sit-ins in the  eastern suburb of Nasser City and in Giza, outside the main campus of the Cairo University.

The Egyptian police have a track record of deadly crackdowns on street protests and Wednesday’s cabinet move in effect gave the police the ministry the mandate to act as they see fit.
Morsi was toppled in a 3 July military coup that followed days of protests in which millions of Egyptians demanded  that he step down. He has been in detention since, along with several leaders from Muslim Brotherhood.
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