Egypt’s Army Threatens Protest Intervention

    Egyptian Islamist groups led by the ruling Muslim Brotherhood shout slogans during a demonstration to mark the upcoming one year anniversary since President Mohamed Morsi (portrait) was elected, on June 21, 2013 in Cairo. Tens of thousands of Egyptian Islamists gathered for a show of strength in Cairo ahead of planned opposition protests against President Mohamed Morsi, highlighting the tense political divide in the Arab world's most populous state. Morsi was elected after a military-led transition that followed the ouster of long-time president Mubarak in a 2011 popular uprising. AFP PHOTO/GIANLUIGI GUERCIA (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The Egyptian military is prepared to intervene in a pre-planned mass protest against controversial Islamist President Mohamed Morsi, army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi said Sunday. The general, who was talking to officers during a seminar, laid out  criteria for military intervention, including sectarian violence and the collapse of state institutions. The protests are slated for June 30, which will mark the end of the democratically elected Morsi's first year in office. El-Sissi warned Morsi's hardline backers, some of whom have vowed to "smash" the protesters, that the military will not stand by to let Egypt enter a “dark tunnel of conflict [and] internal fighting.”



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