1 killed, several injured in Egypt clashes

At least one person has been killed and several others injured in Egypt during clashes between opponents and supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

Thousands of Muslim Brotherhood activists and their supporters staged countrywide demonstrations after Friday prayers against a brutal crackdown by the army that toppled Morsi in July.

The protests came a day after the military-installed interim government extended a nationwide state of emergency by two months.

The demonstrators demanded Morsi’s reinstatement and called for the release of Brotherhood activists arrested by police.

They also chanted slogans against army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, who toppled Morsi and suspended the constitution on July 3.

The protests were held against the backdrop of deployment of large numbers of security forces across the country.

In the northern city of Alexandria, hundreds of anti-coup protesters marched from a main mosque to a major thoroughfare, where they came under attack from pro-coup demonstrators.

The clashes left one person dead and six more injured.

There are no immediate reports of similar clashes from other cities.

The interim government has launched a bloody crackdown on anti-coup protesters and arrested more than 2,000 Muslim Brotherhood members, including the party’s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.

“Either we recover their rights, or we die like them,” protesters on Friday in Cairo chanted of those who were killed by the security forces in the crackdown.

Some other demonstrators chanted “Abdel Fattah is the butcher,” referring to the army chief.

By Press TV

 

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