Tahrir Square reopens to traffic

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Dec 2013

After an evening of clashes between pro-Morsi protesters and security forces, calm returns, with Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo reopened

File photo Tahrir Square (Photo:Ahram)

Tahrir Square has reopened for traffic after security forces had closed it through Friday as supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi took the streets.

Morsi supporters clashed with security forces in several parts of Egypt Friday as they held their weekly protests calling for Morsi's reinstatement. They also demanded the release of all pro-Morsi prisoners.

Tens were injured but no casualties were reported.  

Giza's Haram Street and Talbeia district are calm after an evening of violence between protesters and security forces.

The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy, a pro-Morsi coalition led by the Muslim Brotherhood, from which Morsi hails, had called for the protests.

The interior ministry said in a statement it had dispersed the protests on grounds that they broke the new protest law.

Under the new protest law, passed earlier last month, protest organisers must notify police at least three days in advance of any protest.

Police have the power to forbid demonstrations from taking place. Violations of the law may incur fines or jail sentences.

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