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Protests are erupting around the globe as people and governments pick a team in Egypt.
Since the Egyptian Army overthrew the democratically-elected Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, on July 3, the world has kept close watch. Officially, governments are denouncing violence while tacitly taking sides. As violence swells in Egypt, and the death toll rises, global protests are growing.
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Two demonstrations took place outside of the Egyptian embassy in Kuwait last week. Seventy demonstrators gathered to protest the military’s brutal crackdown in Egypt, leading to the deportation of nine Egyptian Islamists, the AFP reported. Kuwait has been a vocal supporter of the Egyptian military’s overthrow of Morsi, and has pledged to send $4 billion in aid.
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Thousands gathered in Sana’a, the Yemeni capital, last week in support of the ousted president. Morsi’s failure has raised questions about the Muslim Brotherhood’s future in Yemen, where the population remains divided on the Egyptian military’s takeover.
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One-thousand Indonesian Muslims marched on the Egyptian embassy in Jakarta last week. As home to the world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia is often seen as a possible template for Egypt’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.
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Hundreds of anti-Morsi Egyptian Christians protested in front of the White House this week, blaming the Muslim Brotherhood for the violence that has plagued the country. Protesters demanded the United States side with the Egyptian army and denounced US media for bias “toward the Brotherhood.”
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Demonstrations across Turkey have erupted this week as protesters express solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood and the deposed president. In Ankara and Istanbul, unions and nongovernmental organizations gathered thousands to protest Egypt’s current military rule and the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
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Dual protests erupted in the Tunisian capital Tunis in late July as two camps, pro- and anti-Brotherhood, took to the streets, using the events in Egypt as a catalyst to protest domestic issues as well. The ruling moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, faced criticism from the opposition who called for the “downfall of the transitional government” in Tunisia. Supporters of Ennahda accuse the opposition of trying to depose a democratically-elected government just as happened in Egypt.
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More than 1,000 protesters filled the streets of Karachi in early August in support of Morsi. Demonstrators, organized by conservative Islamic political parties like Jamaat-e-Islami, denounced the growing death toll in Egypt and burned effigies of Egyptian General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
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Protests broke out across Libya after a prominent critic of the Muslim Brotherhood was killed in July, intensifying widespread concern about the Brotherhood’s presence in Libya. The office of the Brotherhood’s political branch, The Justice and Construction Party (JCP), was set on fire in Benghazi, along with the offices of other political parties. Over 1,000 inmates escaped in a prison break during the unrest. Last week, a bomb hit the Egyptian embassy in Benghazi as protests continued.
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Five-hundred Muslim demonstrators gathered in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, last week, condemning the Egyptian military’s crackdown and calling for international support of Morsi’s election. Protesters met outside the Egyptian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur, as well as at mosques throughout the city and in the surrounding suburbs. Protests were also organized in other parts of Malaysia.
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Hundreds of protesters gathered in front of the Saudi embassy in Paris on Aug. 20, condemning Riyadh’s support for the Egyptian military. The protesters demanded an end to military rule and the reinstatement of Morsi. This woman's sign reads, "What is the World's Police, the UN doing?"
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Protests in Palestine have been ongoing for weeks. Hundreds of protesters across the territory have expressed anger against Egypt’s military rule and condemned the United States for supporting the government through military aid. On Aug. 22, demonstrators held prayer vigils for those killed in Egypt’s ongoing turmoil.
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Morsi supporters gathered this week in the Afghan capital of Kabul, with 2,500 protesters rallying against Egypt’s brutal military crackdown. Some of the protesters from Afghanistan’s conservative Muslim population believe that the Egyptian military’s takeover was orchestrated by the West.
Hundreds gathered on Aug. 22 in Dakar, Senegal’s capital, praying for those injured and killed by the Egyptian military and voicing support for Morsi. The protest came after Egypt’s ambassador to Senegal said, "the June 30 protests were a popular revolution to restore democracy."
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Protesters gathered outside outside the European Commission’s offices in Brussels to protest the military takeover in Egypt. The European Union decided to suspend arms shipments to Egypt this week, but will continue to send aid.
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Supporters of Morsi drove near Park Lane in London last week, with 40 cars joining the brigade. Separate protests at the Egyptian embassy in London and outside Downing Street drew hundreds of demonstrators opposing the military takeover in Egypt.