File - Former Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi sits behind bars with other Muslim Brotherhood members at a court in the outskirts of Cairo, in this December 29, 2014 photo. REUTERS/Asmaa Waguih
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Ousted President Mohammad Morsi once dreamed of creating an "Egyptian renaissance with an Islamic foundation".President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, the army chief who ousted Morsi in 2013 after mass protests against his rule, has repeatedly portrayed his Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group which poses an existential threat to Egypt.That message was well received by many Egyptians whose desire for stability made them turn a blind eye to Sisi's subsequent crackdown on Morsi, his supporters and other Brotherhood leaders. The Brotherhood never imagined it could rule Egypt – until the 2011 uprising that toppled veteran autocrat Hosni Mubarak paved the way for Morsi to be declared Egypt's first freely elected president.Morsi was the public face of that failure.Hundreds of Morsi supporters were shot dead at a Cairo protest camp and thousands of others were rounded up, dashing the hopes of Morsi and other detained Brotherhood leaders who hoped the unrest would break the army's grip.
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