Egyptian security forces escort an Islamist supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood out of the al-Fatah mosque Saturday.
(Photo: Hussein Tallal, AP)
CAIRO (USA TODAY) -- Egyptian banks and the stock exchange reopened Sunday as the
capital tried to get back to normal after a week of violence that killed
more than 800.
Traffic was back on the streets and some shops
reopened Sunday - the start of the work week in Egypt - but with an
alliance of political groups calling for more protests, many Egyptians
remained on edge. Tahrir Square remained closed, blocked by barbed wire and security forces.
Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition of groups furious over the ouster of
former president Mohammed Morsi on July 3 called for new protests Sunday
in Cairo and Giza, Al Jazeera reported. Rallies are expected to begin
by late afternoon and will converge in Heliopolis' Roxy Square and at
the Supreme Constitutional Court in Maadi.
The marches will
test if violence will persist as protesters defy a ballooning crackdown
and widening state campaign against Islamists.
The European Union
said Sunday it will "urgently review" its relations with Egypt. The
Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, Jose
Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, said Sunday in a rare joint
foreign policy statement that it's the responsibility of the army and
the interim government to end the violence.
They say calls for
democracy and fundamental rights "cannot be disregarded, much less
washed away in blood," adding "the violence and the killings of these
last days cannot be justified nor condoned."
EU foreign ministers are expected to hold an emergency meeting on Egypt this week.
On Wednesday, security forces crushed two protest camps where people
stayed for more than six weeks to demand Morsi's reinstatement. Over the
weekend, they battled with protesters after the Brotherhood called for a
'Friday of Anger.'
On Saturday, security forces surrounded, then
cleared, a central Cairo mosque that protesters had turned into a
makeshift hospital and morgue after fighting broke out Friday, and
exchanged gunfire with assailants shooting from the mosque's minaret.
Wednesday, some Morsi supporters have waged a violent retaliatory
campaign on churches and Christian properties, attacking dozens of sites
as well as police stations.
Egypt is facing "war by the forces of
extremism" and will confront it with "security measures within the
framework of law," Mostafa Hegazy, adviser to Egypt's interim president,
said in a press conference Saturday.
The government also
announced Saturday that it is examining possibilities of dissolving the
Muslim Brotherhood, the 85-year-old movement that has won in every
election since the 2011 ouster of Hosni Mubarak. Over the past six
weeks, many of its leaders and members were jailed, including Morsi, the
nation's first freely elected president.