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Rival protests in a number of governorates on Morsi trial day

Pro-Morsi protests are held in various governorates across Egypt, while clashes with opponents erupt in Alexandria, Assiut and Sharqiya

Ahram Online, Monday 4 Nov 2013
Pro-Morsi students protest his trial in Assiut on 4 November (Photo: Al-Ahram)
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As a pro-Morsi march, during which birdshots were heard, approached the Moharram Bek police station in Alexandria on Monday, clashes erupted between pro-Morsi protesters and opponents leaving two injured, according to Aswat Masriya.

On a retaliatory march along the coastal city’s seaside Al-Corniche Street, Morsi opponents raising photos of Defence Minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi demanded the death penalty for the deposed president whose trial began on the same day, according to Al-Ahram’s Arabic website.

Earlier scuffles and stone-throwing Monday in the Al-Corniche area between pro-Morsi protesters and anti-Morsi passersby resulted in some minor injuries and 18 arrests, according to Egyptian public television.

A number of small pro-Morsi protests requesting the return of 'legitimacy', were also held in several unexpected spots in Alexandria, according to Al-Ahram’s Arabic website.

Meanwhile, dozens of pro-Morsi protesters in Upper Egypt’s Assiut Governorate attempted to halt traffic at the city entrance. Police responded with tear gas to disperse the crowd and additional security measures were taken by the police and the army to prevent further turmoil. 

Hundreds of Al-Azhar University students in Assiut carrying yellow Rabaa banners and chanting slogans against the army and police also protested against Morsi’s trial. 

The Lower Egypt Governorate of Daqahliya witnessed limited protests by Morsi supporters who chanted anti-army and anti-police slogans in front of the courthouse in the capital town of Mansoura. Police used teargas to disperse protesters when they tried to march, according to Al-Ahram’s Arabic news website. Another attempt by pro-Morsi individuals to block off the road in Mansoura was aborted by residents according to the same source.

In the Governorate of Sharqiya, birthplace of ousted president Morsi, thousands protested in the city of Zagazig, calling Morsi their lawful president. Police dispersed the protests using tear gas after scuffles and stone-throwing began with Morsi opponents.

Similar protests started in a number of villages throughout the governorate.

In the city of Suez, overlooking the Suez Canal, dozens of Islamist youths protested in support of Morsi, and a number of women demonstrated in front of the Al-Azhar Institute in Suez. The head of the Freedom and Justice Party Suez office told Al-Ahram’s Arabic website that a number of Morsi supporters headed to Cairo to join protests there.

Morsi supporters staged the Monday demonstrations in various parts of Egypt to protest the trial of the deposed president, which began earlier on the same day at the Police Academy in New Cairo.

Morsi and 14 other senior Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood figures are standing trial on charges of inciting violence and murder at the Ittihadiya Presidential Palace clashes in December 2012.

At least 10 died and 600 were injured in the December clashes, which broke out after pro-Morsi protesters attacked a sit-in held by opponents of a presidential decree which had granted the Islamist leader expanded powers.

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