Security forces disperse pro-Morsi protests in Cairo, Alexandria

Ahram Online, Friday 12 Sep 2014

Protesters demanded that political detainees be freed, and blamed government for rising prices

Dozens of protesters supporting ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi gathered on Friday in different cities around Egypt, calling on the government to free all "political detainees" including Morsi, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported.

In East Cairo`s Ain Shams district, a strong base for the ousted president, security forces dispersed protesters who gathered shortly after Friday prayers.

The supporting protesters chanted slogans against the military and the government.

Demonstrators also gathered in Dar El-Salam in south Cairo, where forces fired teargas to disperse them.  

A security source told Al-Ahram Arabic website that calm had been restored in these areas.

In Alexandria, demonstrators gathered to condemn the current government for the rise in prices, chanting ”down with military rule" "Morsi is our legitimate president" and "free our colleagues and brothers.”

Weekly demonstrations after Friday prayers have been common since Morsi’s ouster last year. The number of protesters has greatly diminished following a sustained crackdown by police in which thousands of Morsi supporters have been arrested.

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