The Washington Post explains that even though the military has come out on the side of the secularists, Egypt’s Islamist government, and its vast number of supporters, have no intention standing down.
Defiant Egyptian Islamists held large demonstrations after midday prayers Friday to mobilize support for deposed president Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected leader, a day after Morsi and dozens of his Muslim Brotherhood loyalists were detained.
As helicopters circled and jets streaked over Cairo in an show of force from the nation’s powerful military, Islamist officials, who until earlier this week controlled Egypt’s government, launched a nationwide “day of resistance” against what they called a coup.
Although organizers called on supporters to remain peaceful, such rallies in the past have led to deadly clashes, and residents of Cairo and other areas were braced for chaos.
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