Protests in Alexandria, Upper Egypt after Cairo sit-ins attacked
After Egyptian police attempt to violently disperse sit-ins in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, protests erupt in several provincial cities
, Wednesday 14 Aug 2013
Protesters throw stones at Egyptian security forces as they try to clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi at Rabaa El-Adwaiya Mosque in Nasr City district of Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013. (Photo: AP)
Following the Egyptian police's attack on sit-ins in support of deposed president Mohamed Morsi early on Wednesday morning, protests have erupted in several Egyptian governorates.
Hundreds of protesters blocked a main road in Upper Egypt's Assiut city after the pro-Morsi National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy in the province called for protests at government offices there.
Several protest marches got underway in Alexandria, intermittently blocking off main roads, according to Ahram's Arabic news website. Hundreds of pro-Morsi protesters blocked the main coastal road during the protests.
Ahram Arabic also reported a demonstration in Upper Egypt's Aswan, where it said tens protested at the governorate offices, throwing stones in reaction to the attacks on the Cairo and Giza sit-ins.
In addition, police vehicles were torched by angry protesters in Minya while protesters are also gathering at the governorate headquarters in the Upper Egypt city.
The interior ministry had announced earlier that it took control of the Al-Nahda Square sit-in in Giza. Footage aired on several television stations showed officers arresting members of the sit-in, removing tents and showing firearms and ammo allegedly belonging to Morsi's supporters.
Clashes are still ongoing at the main sit-in at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque in Cairo. AFP reports at least 40 protesters killed there so far.