Demonstrations held across Egypt
Egyptians hold demos across country
Fri, 20 Sep 2013 13:35:25 GMT
Supporters of ousted Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, have held demonstrations in several cities across the country in response to the Muslim Brotherhood’s “million-man march.”
Friday’s protests against the army-backed interim government took place in several cities including the country’s second largest city Alexandria and the northeastern city of Port Said.
The protesters are renewing demands for the reinstatement of Morsi who was ousted by the army in early July.
The demonstrators are also protesting the army’s crackdown on Brotherhood supporters.
Tension has intensified in Egypt since July 3 when the Egyptian army removed Morsi from office. The army also suspended the constitution and dissolved the parliament.
More than 2,000 members of the Brotherhood have been arrested since Morsi’s ouster, among them the movement’s supreme leader, Mohamed Badie.
On September 17, Egyptian authorities ordered freezing of the assets belonging to Badie and two of his deputies as well as three other senior MB leaders.
On August 14, hundreds of people were killed when the military-backed interim government attacked two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo, including in Nasr City.
The bloodshed sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.
About 1,000 people died in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces following the mid-August massacre.