December 7th, 2012
12:31 AM ET

Egypt's Morsy stands by edict, calls for punishment of violent protesters

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.


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  1. Journey

    Thanks Obama.

    December 7, 2012 at 1:06 am | Report abuse |
    • rosie

      For what? Keeping Americans from being killed in an Egyptian civil matter? It is none of our business.

      December 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  2. the prophet

    American today is the poorest country in the world the most poor as far as education and economical bankrupt, America hides behind a curtain of deceptions and lies.

    December 10, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |