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Morsi warns of taking unspecified measures to 'protect Egypt' after violence rocks Cairo

Washington, Mar. 25 : Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has delivered a stern warning to his opponents, saying he might be close to taking unspecified measures to 'protect Egypt'.


Morsi's warning comes two days after supporters of his Muslim Brotherhood and opposition protesters fought street battles in the worst bout of political violence in three months.

Nearly 200 people were injured in Friday's violence outside the headquarters of the Brotherhood, Egypt's dominant political group, the Huffington Post reports.

In an animated speech to the opening session of a conference on women's rights, Morsi said that 'if he has to do what is necessary to protect this nation he will, and he was afraid that he may be close to doing so'.

The Islamist leader who took office in June as the country's first freely elected president said that he will do so very soon and sooner than those trying to shake the image of this nation.

According to the report, while not naming any one opposition group or critic in particular, his comments were the strongest hint to date that he believes the parties and politicians grouped in the National Salvation Front, the main opposition coalition, were directly behind the violence.

He also warned that 'appropriate measures' would be taken against politicians found to be behind Friday's violence, regardless of their seniority.

His comments came just hours after dozens of Islamists staged a protest outside studios belonging to independent TV networks that are critical of the Egyptian leader.

According to the report, Friday's clashes followed an assault a week earlier by Brotherhood supporters on protesters painting derogatory graffiti outside the group's headquarters.

--ANI (Posted on 25-03-2013)

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