Cairo - Thousands of supporters of Egypt's embattled
president are rallying in the nation's capital in a show of support ahead of
what are expected to be massive opposition-led protests on 30 June to demand
Mohammed Morsi's ouster.
The president's supporters held Friday prayers in streets
surrounding a main mosque in Cairo, close to the presidential palace that in
two days will be the focal point of opposition protests.
During Friday's sermon, the cleric warned that if Morsi is
ousted "there will be no president for the country" and Egypt will
descend into "opposition hell".
The opposition push is rooted in a campaign to collect signatures
on a petition calling for Morsi's dismissal and early presidential elections.
The campaign, called "Tamarod", says that it has
collected up to 20 million signatures.