In what is seen as a trial of strength, supporters of Mohammed Morsi filled the streets around a mosque in Cairo to condemn his removal by the army. Army supporters converged on Tahrir Square, just a few miles away.
As Mohamed Morsi is detained, Cairo braces for showdown between military and Muslim Brotherhood ~ link ~Brotherhood warns of 'civil war' if generals launch expected crackdown.
Egyptians stage rival rallies as Mursi charges fuel tension ~ link ~ Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in rival mass rallies on Friday, hours after the state news agency said ousted Islamist president Mohamed Mursi was being investigated for charges including murder.
In Cairo, huge crowds heeded a call by army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi to give him a popular mandate to confront violence unleashed by his July 3 overthrow of Mursi, many of them clutching pictures of the general in full ceremonial uniform.
Supporters of the deposed Islamist leader staged mass counter-demonstrations to demand his reinstatement, shrugging off fears of an imminent crackdown.