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Police teargassed pro-Morsi protest for blocking traffic: Egypt interior ministry

Interior ministry insists it warned Morsi supporters 'against disrupting public order', acted only when protesters persisted despite warning

Ahram Online, Monday 15 Jul 2013
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Egypt's interior ministry said in a statement Monday evening that it "had to use" teargas to disperse a pro-Morsi protest in downtown Cairo's Ramsis Square, on the grounds that protesters blocked traffic in the area and allegedly threw rocks at passing cars.

The ministry claimed that police forces warned Morsi supporters "against disrupting public order," asserting that they only moved to disperse the crowd after protesters persisted despite the warning.

Clashes erupted Monday evening in Cairo's downtown between police forces and hundreds of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi's supporters, who have been demanding the reinstatement of the former elected president.

Eyewitnesses told Ahram Online that violence broke out after police forces fired teargas at pro-Morsi protesters to clear the Six of October Bridge above downtown's Ramses street, which were both blocked by the demonstrations.

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood had announced it will hold several marches around the country and especially Cairo to press for Morsi's reinstatement, who was deposed on 3 July by defence minister Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi following nationwide protests.

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16-07-2013 10:06am
Modus Operandi of Police and military
Despite the "interim government," led by former Mubarak-appointed officials, making promises of political inclusion and a more democratic process, Morsi has been held incommunicado amidst talk of future charges of sedition or other crimes. The Brotherhood has been subjected to wide spread arrests and detention and denounced as terrorists as the military guns down and beats non-violent demonstrators - most recently killing some 51 people and injuring more than 400. The military’s purpose is transparent and in line with the modus operandi of Mubarak for decades: use brute force to intimidate, repress, and provoke the opposition to violence and then say, "Look I told you they were wolves in sheep’s clothing".
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