Top Morsi Adviser Says ‘Coup’ Underway, Fears Bloodshed

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Source: Sarah Lynch and Doug Stanglin / USA Today

CAIRO — President Mohammed Morsi’s national security adviser said Wednesday that a “coup” was underway after the president again refused to heed demands by the military to resign.

Morsi called on the army not to “take sides” in the growing clash between rival political groups.

His national security adviser, Essam El-Haddad, called the unfolding events “a military coup” and warned they could lead to violence as the president’s defenders stand fast.

“Hundreds of thousands of them have gathered in support of democracy and the Presidency. And they will not leave in the face of this attack,” Haddad said in a statement released in English, Al Ahramreported. “To move them, there will have to be violence. It will either come from the army, the police, or the hired mercenaries. Either way there will be considerable bloodshed.”

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