Muslim Brotherhood Calls for Uprising in Egypt after Massacre at Protest
More than 40 Muslim Brotherhood protesters are thought to have been killed and over 300 injured after a gun battle erupted during a protest outside the Republican Guard facility holding ousted President Mohammed Mursi.
The shooting took place at the Presidential Guard Club, which is located in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo. Mursi’s supporters, most of which belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, have been holding a sit-in at the facility demanding the former president’s reinstatement.
The Blame Game
Precise details of the incident are still unclear. The army claims that a group of armed terrorists had tried to storm the facility, whilst the Muslim Brotherhood claims that the army raided a peaceful sit-in and opened fire while protesters were conducting dawn prayers. One eyewitness has told police that the shooting began when group of armed ‘thugs’ attacked protesters.
Mahmud al-Shilli told AFP that a group of men in civilian clothing had opened fire on protesters under cover of tear gas fired by the army.
“The thugs came from the side. We were the target,” he said.
An army statement read out on state television in Egypt claimed that “an armed terrorist group” had tried to storm the barracks. It added that one soldier had been and several others had been injured while defending the facility.
Anger was already running high amongst Muslim Brotherhood supporters over the toppling of democratically elected president and brotherhood stalwart Mohammed Mursi. This incident will make any rapprochement between the two sides even more difficult.
“We have decided to withdraw immediately from all negotiations in response to the massacre outside the Republican Guard headquarters”, Al-Nur spokesman Nadder Bakkar said on Twitter.