June 21 - Supporters of President Mursi's gather in show of support ahead of June 30 protests that opponents hope can force Mursi from office. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Thousands of supporters of Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi gathered in Cairo after Friday prayers to show support for the elected head of state ahead of protests his opponents hope can force him from office. Crowds converged on a mosque in the suburb of Nasr City, many waving the national flag, some carrying pictures of the bearded president, in what is intended to demonstrate the Islamists' strength of numbers ahead of opposition rallies set for June 30, the first anniversary of Mursi's inauguration. The June 30 rallies have been called by the opposition to express anger over what they see as the Muslim Brotherhood's attempts to monopolize power and install Islamic rule. Secular groups say they have gathered some 13 million signatures - almost equal to the number of votes that elected Mursi a year ago - on a petition calling on him to step down. But the tens of thousands who gathered today to show their support for Mursi said that the attempts to oust the President amounted to subverting democracy and the will of the people.