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Two security personnel injured in clashes with Morsi loyalists

The officer and conscript were both injured with gunshots, as pro-Morsi demonstrations continue across the country

Ahram Online , Friday 28 Feb 2014
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One police officer and another conscript were injured on Friday during clashes with pro-Morsi demonstrators in eastern Cairo’s Ain Shams district.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, supporters of the deposed president possessed firearms and birdshots that were used against both other locals and the police.

Around four thousand Morsi loyalists marched in Ain Shams’ streets following Friday prayers, reported Al-Ahram.

Clashes then erupted when security forces tear gassed protesters who were blocking the road.

Friday’s protest was called for by the pro-Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy (NASL) against what they called “the ruling of the corrupt”.

Tens of female pro-Morsi demonstrators also marched in Cairo's Imbaba district after Friday prayers. Other demonstrations took place in Southern Giza and on Assiut's agricultural road which led to traffic congestion forcing drivers to take alternative routes. 

Meanwhile, in the coastal city of Alexandria, security forces arrested at least 10 supporters of Morsi who were taking part in a demonstration on Al-Montzah street.

According to a statement issued by the Ministry of Interior, a local-made bomb had exploded after the pro-Morsi march passed through Al-Montzah street, the explosive did not cause any injuries.

Since Morsi’s ouster, his loyalists have been staging near daily rallies demanding his reinstatement, denouncing the violent dispersal of the Rabaa Al-Adawyia and Nahda square sit-in last August, and pressuring for the release of fellow pro-Morsi detainees.

In recent months protests called for by the NASL have dramatically decreased in both numbers and frequency.

Hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members, leaders, and sympathisers have been sent to prison since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi last summer.

On Thursday, a lawsuit demanding the suspension of all activities for the NASL was rejected by court.

Last December, the Muslim Brotherhood was declared by the interim-government a terrorist organisation, the decision was confirmed in a recent a ruling by the Cairo Court for Urgent Matters last week.

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