Egypt

Morsi Supporters Refuse To Obey Government Orders, Stay on Streets

No sign the government is preparing to clear protest camps

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Thousands of supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi Thursday celebrated Eid al-Fitr, the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, defying government calls for them to leave the streets.

However there was no immediate sign that the government was readying to carry out its threat made Wednesday to remove Islamist protest camps set up to demand Morsi's reinstatement following his ouster by the army on July 3.

Under a cloud of balloons, thousands of men, women and children attended the dawn prayer marking the end of the fasting month in the Rabaa al-Adawiya and Al-Nahda squares, where Morsi's supporters have been camped for weeks calling for his reinstatement.