Low turnout for pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt

CAIRO (AP) — 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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APPHOTO AMR105: Supporters of Egypt’s ousted President Mohammed Morsi hold posters showing victims of a military crackdown on their protest camp during a march in Cairo, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013. Arabic reads, “no for treachery”, “no for military coup” and “martyrs of republican guard massacre .” Egyptian security and military forces deployed Friday around Cairo, closing off traffic in some major thoroughfares and in the city center ahead of protests by supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil) (23 Aug 2013)

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