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Updated: 08/23/2013 4:50 PM
Created: 08/23/2013 6:12 AM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Scott Theisen

Low Turnout for Pro-Morsi Rallies in Egypt


Image: MGN Online

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt has failed in its effort to bring out huge numbers of protesters today.
    
It's a sign that an intense crackdown by the country's interim government has dealt a serious blow to the group's support base.
    
Egypt's military was out in force today, as thousands of people calling for the reinstatement of ousted President Mohammed Morsi held scattered protests across Cairo.
    
But large rallies taking over main streets and squares failed to materialize, as armored vehicles and soldiers were deployed outside mosques and other strategic areas.
    
Nearly all of the Muslim Brotherhood's senior leaders have been arrested in recent days, including its spiritual guide. Another 80 Brotherhood members were taken into custody yesterday, ahead of the planned rallies.

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