Friday sees minor clashes between pro-Morsi rallies, police

Ahram Online , Friday 21 Feb 2014

Police attempt to disperse supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi who are protesting in several cities around Egypt

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file photo: Pro-Morsi rallies (pHOTO: ap)
Security forces clashed with supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in several Egyptian cities on Friday.
In Cairo's eastern Nasr City district, police dispersed two rallies of pro-Morsi protesters. There were clashes between some protesters and residents of the area, according to Egypt's state news agency MENA.
In Haram district in Giza, similar clashes also took place and a van belonging to Tahrir channel, which is often critical of the Brotherhood, was set on fire.
Clashes were also reported in Alexandria, in Zaqaziq and Hahya in Sharqiya governorate, the city of Kafr El-Sheikh which is also in the Nile Delta and in Suez, east of Cairo. Injuries or deaths have not been reported so far.
The National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy, the Brotherhood-led pro-Morsi coalition, had called for a new wave of protests to start Friday and urged students to be at the forefront of protests.
Clashes between mainly pro-Brotherhood students and police took place almost daily on campuses around Egypt during the last academic semester.
The violence prompted university administrations to postpone the coming semester, due to start next week, to 8 March.
Tougher disciplinary measures have been adopted by some university administrations, including expelling students without having to resort to disciplinary committees.
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