Egypt police clash with protesters in Cairo rallies

Egypt police clash with protesters in Cairo rallies
Sat Jun 28, 2014 12:48:53

Clashes between Egyptian police forces and supporters of the country’s military-ousted elected president Mohamed Morsi have erupted during persisting anti-regime protest rallies that followed midday prayers in parts of the nation’s capital of Cairo.

Protest rallies were held on Friday in Cairo’s Giza districts of Al-Haram, Faysal, and Lebanon Square, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

While attempting to disperse the demonstrations, security forces clashed with the protestors.

In Alexandria, security forces arrested six pro-Morsi protestors taking part in demonstrations in the city.

A total of 51 Morsi supporters were arrested during the protests, according to a statement by the interior ministry. 

Aswat Masriya website reported that a high ranking police officer, Khaled Mohamed, was injured by pellet shots to his face while dispersing a protest rally in Giza.

Egyptian security forces confront protesters (file photo)

The report cites General Nasser Al-Abd as saying that Egyptian forces arrested the protestors for violating the protest law, which forbids protests that have not received prior authorization from the officials.

Clashes also erupted in cities in Upper Egypt, including Beni Suef and Qena, according to Aswat Masriya. 

On Fridays, Morsi supporters often hold demonstrations against the detainment of their colleagues and against the removal of Morsi from power last summer. In past weeks, the protests were mostly outside the capital.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition, has called on supporters to continue protesting in preparation for what they call the "uprising of 3 July 2014."

The group stated that their aim is to "regain the 25 January Revolution" that has been "stolen by the military" since the ouster of Morsi on 3 July last year.


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