CAIRO -- Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi turned out Saturday for a mass protest and funeral for those killed a day earlier in clashes with soldiers.
Crowds gathered outside Rabaa Al Adawiya mosque heard fiery speeches from Islamist leaders and carried four coffins of those killed, but the demonstrations in Cairo’s Nasr district remained peaceful.
They waved Egyptian flags and carried pictures of Morsi, who is believed to be under arrest in the Republican Guard compound where some of Friday’s clashes occurred.
“Down with military rule,’’ some chanted. “To those of you remaining quiet, have you received your rights?’’ others asked.
After appearing initially stunned and paralyzed by Morsi’s toppling by the military, the Muslim Brotherhood has slowly built momentum and is drawing its supporters into the streets to demand Morsi’s return to the presidency.