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“Free and creative revolutionaries … keep the ember of your revolution alive, unite on the goals of the revolution,” it said. “Pay no mind to the empty threats of the coupists, and their attempt to divide you.”

Secular youth groups, however, have shunned the Islamists, whom they equally accuse of undermining the 2011 uprising’s democracy goals while in power. The groups later issued an appeal to their supporters to withdraw from street protests because of “excessive violence” by security forces.

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Associated Press writers Laura Dean and Maamoun Youssef contributed to this report.