Morsy backers threaten escalation against embassies of “pro-coup” states

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsy at Nahda Square in Giza threatened on Monday to escalate protests to demand that the toppled leader be reinstated after the army overthrew him to appease demonstrators demanding early elections.

On the main stage at the sit-in, speakers threatened to storm the embassies of Israel, the United States, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates for their "support of the military coup." They also threatened to "occupy Tahrir Square and clear it from perpetrators of the coup."

“There is a plan to break into embassies as a new step towards escalation in defense of legitimacy,” Saeed Abu Fatah said, addressing the protesters on the stage. “Destruction shall be reserved for all embassies that assisted or supported the military coup against the elected president.”

Other speakers said escalation would include blocking vital roads such as the Ring Road and the 26 July Corridor, as well as sit-ins in major squares such as in Lebanon Square, Abdel Moneim Riyad Square, and Ramsis Square.

Saudi Arabia and the UAE welcomed the developments in Egypt that led to the end of Morsy's rule, and both have announced that they will provide Egypt with a financial aid package worth a total of US$8 billion.

The US also declined to describe the measure that overthrew Morsy as a military coup, suggesting instead that Morsy's rule was undemocratic.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm