Protests swell, prompting Egypt to postpone dispersal

CAIRO (AP) — Supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have increased the pressure today on the country’s interim leadership.

They flooded into two protest camps, despite a warning that police would move against the sit-ins, which have been in place for six weeks.

That prompted police to postpone any action against the demonstrations, out of fears that there would be a “massacre.”

The Islamist supporters of Morsi have rejected negotiations with the military-backed government.

And authorities are showing no signs of meeting key demands by Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood to release top Islamists who have been detained and face criminal investigations.

A judge today ordered the deposed president to be held for 15 more days, pending investigations of charges that he conspired with Palestinian militants two years ago.

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152-r-07-(Sound of chanting in support of ousted president of Mohammed Morsi, at rally)–This is sound of massed ranks of Muslim Brotherood supporters, as supporters of ex-president Mohammed Morsi rallied to demand his return to office. (12 Aug 2013)

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151-r-14-(Sound of pro-Morsi protesters, at rally aimed to swell numbers at a central Cairo camp)–This is sound of thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi marching toward one of the protest camps in Cairo, as Egypt’s new government postponed a move to disperse the sit-ins. (12 Aug 2013)

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APPHOTO MB111: Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi are seen during a protest at the sit-in at Rabaah al-Adawiya Mosque, which is fortified with multiple walls of bricks, tires, metal barricades and sandbags, where protesters have installed their camp in Nasr City, Cairo, Monday, Aug. 12, 2013. Egyptian authorities on Monday postponed a move to disperse the two Cairo sit-ins by Morsi supporters to “avoid bloodshed,” an official said. Islamist supporters demand that Morsi be returned to power. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo) (12 Aug 2013)

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