Opposition activists geared up for a new round of mass demonstrations Friday, unconvinced by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsy's defense of his recent controversial actions and unnerved by threats of punishment.
In remarks Thursday night - his latest since the bloodiest stretch in two weeks of political unrest - Morsy refused to back off the controversial edict he issued or his nation's upcoming constitutional referendum, saying he respects peaceful opposition to his decisions but won't stand for violence.
Addressing "those who oppose me" and his backers, the president condemned those involved in the clashes - referring specifically to those with weapons and who are backed by members of the "corrupt ... ex-regime" - and promised they'd be held accountable.
"(They) will not escape punishment," the president said in a televised speech.
Yet Morsy's words not only failed to mollify many protesters on the streets, it further enraged them. Activists camped in Cairo's Tahrir Square chanted "Leave! Leave! Leave!" as the president talked.FULL STORY