Street clashes erupt in Egypt during pro-Morsi rallies

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi take part in a demonstration in support of Morsi in Cairo, on August 9, 2013.

Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi take part in a demonstration in support of Morsi in Cairo, on August 9, 2013.

Ten of thousands of supporters of Egypt’s ousted president marched Friday on the streets of Cairo and across the country, leading to clashes with opponents and security forces that injured dozens.

The marches during the Muslim holiday of Eid el-Fitr, marking the end of Ramadan, come as Egypt’s government increasingly looks poised to break up sit-in protests by supporters of President Mohammed Morsi when the festivities end.

However, a leader in Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood maintained the aggressive rhetoric used by some opposing the military-backed interim government’s plans while addressing protesters Friday, raising the possibility of further bloodshed in the country.

“Kill as much as you like. I won’t move an inch,” Brotherhood leader Mohamed el-Beltagui said. “We will offer a million martyrs.”

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