Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Anti-Morsi protests in 3 cities, police fire tear gas at opposition activists

Agence France-Presse
Egypt police tear gas at Cairo protesters

April 7, 2013

CAIRO: Police fired tear gas at protesters outside a Cairo court on Saturday, as several thousand people rallied in Egyptian cities to mark the founding of a key activist group opposed to President Mohamed Morsi.

Witnesses said police fired tear gas at protesters outside the Superior Court building, which also houses the offices of the state prosecutor, who has opened several investigations into opposition figures.

Live television showed clouds of tear gas rising from the court in central Cairo.

Supporters of the April 6 group also held rallies in the Nile Delta industrial town of Mahalla, where a labour strike turned into deadly clashes with police five years ago.

The Mahalla clashes on April 6, 2008 marked an escalation in the burgeoning protest movement against long-time strongman Hosni Mubarak, eventually overthrown in an early 2011 popular uprising.

Activists with the group also rallied in the coastal city of Alexandria.

Hailed as heroes in the aftermath of Mubarak's overthrow, the youth-led group, which splintered into two factions, clashed with the military that ruled Egypt between Mubarak's ouster and Morsi's election in June.

The group is now part of a coalition of secular-leaning movements that have organised sometimes violent protests against the Islamist Morsi, whom they accuse of mimicking Mubarak's practices.

*Photo courtesy of AFP/Gianluigi Guercia 

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