Africa

Morsi protests: Egyptian voices

Protesters have taken to the streets in Egypt to speak out against the established Morsi-led government.

The main centres for the rallies include Cairo, Alexandria and Port Said, although there are protests across the country.

BBC News has spoken to Egyptians from all sides of the debate.

Ahmed Raafat, Cairo

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"We are protesting against the corruption, the economic crisis and the country's security conditions.

We feel there has been a serious violation of human rights. There have been attacks on peaceful rallies by Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.

We are demanding elections."

Salma Ashraf, Cairo

"I disagree with those calling for Morsi to step aside. Although I do respect their democratic right to protest.

Morsi was elected on a four-year term and he should complete it. It is absurd that we should call for new elections just after one year. It's like changing the rules of a game just because you don't like the results. It's undemocratic and childish.

One year is simply not long enough to overturn all the ills of society that Mubarak was responsible for. What we need is to unite and get behind Morsi who was elected as a president for all Egyptians.

Some say Morsi is trying to 'Islamise' the state and its institutions. But this is not true. Anyone following the news knows full well that the Prime Minister Hisham Qandil has in the past offered government and ministerial posts to opposition figures but they always refused to work with the ruling party.

We need to nurture respect for the rule of law and the ballot box."

Abdel Rahman Ibrahim, Alexandria

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"I am not a supporter of Morsi but I don't agree with the protesters.

Egypt is being plunged into a civil war and it's not being taken seriously. I am fairly sure that there will be violence and a lot of spilled blood.

Apply pressure to Morsi through parliament and that's the democratic solution."

Yasser Fouad Ahmed, Cairo

"How can the protesters call him to go? Morsi was elected by 13 million voters out of the 25 million Egyptians eligible to vote.

I agree that Morsi did not fulfil all of his promises from last year and that the ruling party has failed in managing the country. But that does not negate the fact that he is still the legitimately elected president of this country. The first ever democratically elected president in free and fair elections.

If the protesters have their way, it will not bode well for the future of this country because whoever follows Morsi will not stay in power for even six months.

Anyone who is not happy with the way things are can always change it at the next elections. If the rebel movement can collect 22 million signatures as they claim, why can't they contest the elections and be part of the decision-making process?

I call on all these protesters to go back home. Chaos is the last thing this country needs."

Hanan Bakr, Cairo

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"I am taking part in the protests against Morsi.

I'm living in Dubai but I've come back to Egypt specifically to join the demonstration. I'm hoping to stay on the streets until the whole regime of the Brotherhood is brought down.

We are seeking the support of the country to stand behind the second Egyptian revolution. This time we are revolting to avoid the death of so many Egyptians, victims of scrutiny and poverty empowered by Brotherhood.

If Egypt falls under Islamist extremism, this will affect the whole region.

Imagine the mass population religiously brain-washed. Egypt is for all religions - I am a Muslim who attended an Armenian Catholic school."

Atef Rezk Kalla, Alexandria

"We are demonstrating because Morsi is not a president for all Egyptians. He just cares about his group, the Muslim Brotherhood. He does not make any effort to develop Egypt.

He abuses his position to influence all aspects of power with his religious and terrorist thoughts. We don't want Egypt to be the next Afghanistan, Iran or Sudan. We just want to stay Egypt.

The economic situation is terrible. There is no oil and no electricity. We are facing a big problem with the Nile as well.

The constitution is a big reason for the demonstration because he does not care about minorities. He has made mistakes and he doesn't include all Egyptians.

Morsi and his group manipulate the media - TV, radio and newspapers - as well as the Culture Ministry to influence the people.

I'm Christian and I feel our situation in this Morsi era has become worse than under previous regime which was not good either.

Four Shias were killed in a terrible way recently because of a call from imams in a Morsi meeting. We have never seen that in Egypt before.

He has been in power just one year and it has been more terrible than other years. If we wait another year, Egypt will be totally ruined."