CAIRO - Egyptian banks and the stock exchange reopened Sunday as the
capital tried to get back to normal after a week of violence that killed
more than 800.
Traffic was back on the streets and some shops
reopened Sunday - the start of the work week in Egypt - but with an
alliance of political groups calling for more protests, many Egyptians
remained on edge. Tahrir Square remained closed, blocked by barbed wire and security forces.
Muslim Brotherhood-led coalition of groups furious over the ouster of
former president Mohammed Morsi on July 3 called for new protests Sunday
in Cairo and Giza, Al Jazeera reported. Rallies are expected to begin
by late afternoon and will converge in Heliopolis' Roxy Square and at
the Supreme Constitutional Court in Maadi.
The marches will
test if violence will persist as protesters defy a ballooning crackdown
and widening state campaign against Islamists.
The European Union
said Sunday it will "urgently review" its relations with Egypt. The
Presidents of the European Commission and the European Council, Jose
Manuel Barroso and Herman Van Rompuy, said Sunday in a rare joint
foreign policy statement that it's the responsibility of the army and
the interim government to end the violence.
They say calls for
democracy and fundamental rights "cannot be disregarded, much less
washed away in blood," adding "the violence and the killings of these
last days cannot be justified nor condoned."
EU foreign ministers are expected to hold an emergency meeting on Egypt this week.