U.S. calls for Morsi’s release

Tens of thousands of Islamists and members of the Muslim Brotherhood crowded Cairo’s streets on Friday to continue their protests against the ousting of President Mohamed Morsi.

Calling the head of the military a “traitor,” protesters promised to campaign until Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, is reinstated, according to the Globe and Mail.

The Brotherhood reportedly gathered on Ramses Street near Tahrir Square, while in Tahrir Square gathered thousands of people, who called for Morsi’s resignation, celebrating Ramadan, creating an awkward rival situation between the groups, reports Reuters.

Tensions between pro- and anti-Morsi protesters increased after the military killed at least 51 Morsi supporters in violent clashes on Monday.

The US, which has refused to label the military’s ousting of Morsi a “coup,” called for the former president’s release on Friday.

Jen Psaki, spokesman for the State Department, said the US agrees with Germany that Morsi should be released, according to Ahramonline. She also said that US officials have been in frequent contact with all sectors of Egyptian society.

Morsi hasn’t been publicly seen since July 3 and is being held in a “safe place.”

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