Brotherhood protesters clash with locals in Egypt's Nile Delta

Ahram Online, Saturday 7 Dec 2013

Muslim Brotherhood members reportedly fired bird-shots at locals during clashes in Damietta on Saturday

Clashes erupted on Saturday afternoon between Muslim Brotherhood demonstrators and locals in the port city of Damietta, 200 kilometres north of Cairo.

According to Ahram's Arabic news website, members of the Muslim Brotherhood were marching from Al-Khayyata village and attempted to block Al-Harbi commercial road by setting tyres on fire.

When locals intervened to prevent them from blocking the road, the protesters fired bird-shots at them, sabotaging several shops, Ahram's Arabic site reports.

Security forces later dispersed the protest using water canons and teargas.

According to Egypt's recently enacted protest law, demonstrators must submit an application for any protest to the local police authority at least three days prior to the event. Article 12 of the protest law states that if participants of unauthorized demonstrations refuse to leave after being warned, security forces have the right to use water cannons, batons, and teargas to disperse protesters.

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