Cairo crisis continues

Rival demonstrations in Egypt's capital lead to the military issuing an ultimatum.


Cairo, Egypt - Widespread demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Mohamed Morsi continued into a second day on Monday, following the one-year anniversary of his inauguration on June 30. While nowhere near the turnout of the previous day's record-breaking millions of protesters, numbers continued to grow throughout the day in Tahrir Square and elsewhere after anti-Morsi protesters issued an ultimatum - calling for Morsi to resign by 5pm on Tuesday, or else face increased civil disobedience.
Supporters of President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood also staged demonstrations around the city, although far from the main anti-Morsi protests for fear of clashes. Late on Sunday night, anti-Morsi protesters had stormed the Muslim Brotherhood Headquarters in Mokattam with petrol bombs, breaking in and setting the building ablaze. The resulting clashes reportedly left eight people dead. At Rab’a Al-Adawiya Square on Monday, Morsi supporters armed with clubs conducted training exercises, anticipating clashes.
As Cairo - and the entire country - remained on edge, Egypt's army issued an ultimatum of its own, giving protesters and politicians 48 hours to resolve the crisis, or face the military taking control of the country - as happened after the downfall or President Mubarak in 2011.


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