Supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and deposed president Mohamed Morsy continued their weekly protests on Friday against incumbent authorities at a number of governorates as Morsy supporters prepare to mark one year since the bloody dispersal of their sit-ins in Cairo’s Rabaa and Nahda squares.
A policeman was seriously injured when security forces dispersed demonstrations at the city of Nasser, where demonstrators hurled stones and fireworks at the forces. Five protesters were arrested.
In Minya, police also broke up anti-army and anti-police protests. An official security source said no clashes occurred as protesters left the scene once they learned that security forces were near.
Several areas in Giza, such as Haram, Faisal and Mohandessin witnessed pro-Brotherhood marches hoisting posters of Morsy and victims of the August 2013 crackdown on the sit-ins.
Police fired tear gas indiscriminately, causing a number of suffocations. Demonstrators hurled Molotov cocktails at the forces and smashed the glass of a police vehicle, prompting police to arrest some of them.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm