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Egypt police disperse pro-Morsi demos in Cairo, governorates

25 arrested in Alexandria for rioting as anti-military protesters take to the streets

Ahram Online , Friday 30 May 2014
File photos: Police detaining a supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi during clashes (Photo: Reuters)
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Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged demonstrations on Friday in Cairo and elsewhere, amid renewed calls for protests against the interim authorities, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

Tensions were expected to simmer after former army chief Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, who led Morsi's ouster last summer after mass protests against the Islamist president, scored a crushing victory in this week's presidential election.

Security had been heightened nationwide early on Friday on the back of calls by a pro-Morsi grouping for a "revolution week" to "call on the military to return to its barracks."

Security forces used teargas to scatter protests by Islamists in and outside Cairo.

Dozens of Morsi supporters marched in the capital -- including in the eastern Ain Shams district, as well as the southern suburbs of Maadi and Helwan.

Ain Shams has been a major scene of clashes between supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood and local opponents and police.

In Giza's Haram district – close to the Giza pyramids – and in 6 October city, a satellite development some 30 km outside Cairo, supporters of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood group formed human chains, held aloft pictures of Morsi, and chanted anti-army slogans.

Riot police intervened to disperse the crowds in some locations, Al-Ahram said.

Since Morsi's removal, authorities have launched a fierce crackdown on Islamists, which has seen hundreds killed in clashes and thousands of others jailed.

Security forces on Friday also dispersed several demonstrations in eastern parts of Alexandria, Egypt's second largest city, a local security official said.

Twenty-five alleged Brotherhood members have been arrested for "rioting", said Nasser El-Abd, a senior police officer in the city.

Riot police also fired teargas to scatter protests in Fayoum, a governorate south of Cairo.

Elsewhere in the country, unknown assailants opened fire on a police station in the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, state news agency MENA said. No casualties were reported.

In Cairo, a 20-year-old university student was killed when an improvised bomb he was carrying detonated while he was riding a motorbike in Nasr City district.

El-Sisi won over 90 percent of the votes in this week's election, according to preliminary counts, beating sole rival Hamdeen Sabahi.

The official results of the elections are due to be announced next week.

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Aladdin, Damanhour
31-05-2014 06:28am
reform Camps
They need help. Please send them to reform camps to teach them facts of modern life. We voted with our feet demanding the expulsion of those religious fanatics and the rule of law.
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Husni Gamal
30-05-2014 08:50pm
I don't like the Ikhwan, but the message bellow seems reasonable
In the final analysis, one has to follow the truth, even if the truth is harsh and bitter, You just can't go deceiving the people for ever,
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30-05-2014 08:35pm
These demonstrations are a perfect opportunity.
They help identify and clean up the remaining cells of the Muslim brotherhood terrorists.
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Anwar Fahmi
30-05-2014 05:03pm
the truth: only 4 million out 54 million voted for Sissi
The rest is lies and fabrications by the gang and its supporters.
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30-05-2014 10:26pm
Poor sheep
Only 4 million votes???? Yes and don't forget the photo shopped 33 million on the streets demanding and end to the ikhwan. As long as these sheep keep believing in their ignorant leaders lies there will always be issues
30-05-2014 09:06pm
10 %
Only 10% from the eligible voters has voted. It means people mejority dont like CC and dectator.

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