Egypt PM vows to disperse Islamist protest camps

Egypt`s Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi vowed today to disperse Islamist protest camps in Cairo, after the failure was announced of foreign mediation with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Cairo: Egypt`s Prime Minister Hazem al-Beblawi vowed today to disperse Islamist protest camps in Cairo, after the failure was announced of foreign mediation with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

"The cabinet affirms that the decision to disperse the Rabaa Adawiya and Nahda sit-ins is a final decision, on which all agree, and there is no going back on it," Beblawi said, reading a statement aired on state television.

The protesters in the two Cairo squares have been camped out for more than a month, and insist they will stay until the deposed president Morsi is reinstated.

"We call on them now, anew, to quickly leave, and return to their homes and work, without being chased if their hands have not been soiled by blood," Beblawi said, adding the government would offer free transportation.

He accused the protesters of "exceeding all bounds of peacefulness by incitement to violence and use of weapons and blocking roads."

"The government`s solicitude for the holy month of Ramadan...In which it hoped the crises would be resolved without the intervention of security, did not mean the cabinet had gone back on its decision," Beblawi said.
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan ends today night in Egypt.

AFP

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