A warning from President Mohamed Morsi that political figures could be sanctioned if found to have stirred up unrest in Egypt drew the ire of the opposition and newspapers on Monday.
"If investigations prove that certain political figures are implicated, the necessary measures will be taken against them, whatever their status," Morsi said on his Twitter account on Sunday, also carried on state television.(...)
His warning followed violent clashes last Friday in Cairo between pro-opposition demonstrators and Islamists from Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood movement that left 160 people injured. (...)
"President Morsi always swings into action when the Muslim Brotherhood is under pressure, but he does nothing when his supporters attack the opposition," according to Abdel Ghafar Shokr, an NSF leader.
Al-Watan newspaper spoke of "a threat to the opposition," while Al-Masry Al-Youm accused the president of preparing "exceptional measures" against the opposition and of trying to intimidate the media.
The Brotherhood's lawyer Abdelmoneim Abdel Maksud, meanwhile, said he has filed suits against 169 people, including known political figures, over last week's violence, without giving names.