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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Egypt: Minor clashes erupted during pro-Morsy protest in Cairo

Cairo's Tahrir Square
Several hundreds of Mohamed Morsy’s and Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters have gathered on Tuesday, 1 October, in Cairo’s downtown and reached iconic Tahrir Square.

Muslim Brotherhood has reported recently on its official website about the plans to hold the demonstration “Youth against the coup” in Cairo’s Talaat Harb Square which is in a few minutes walking form Tahrir Square. The protesters have been chanting against military and current regime and demanding reinstatement of Mohamed Morsy who was deposed by military decree on 3 July amid the massive demonstrations against him and his rule nationwide.

Though the protest didn’t last long, and some minor clashes erupted between the pro-Morsy supporters participating in the demonstration and some local residents, bystanders, street vendors and owners of the local shops who managed to threw the protesters off the Tahrir Square, so the area was clear before the police and security forces arrived.

It is worth mentioning that since the ouster of Egypt’s Islamist backed President Mohamed Morsy Egyptian security forces are patrolling the areas of the possible protests and block the entrances to Tahrir Square and also other sites of protests in order to prevent the massive rallies and sit-ins.

Muslim Brotherhood’s and pro-Morsy protests have been held almost every week since the ouster of Mohamed Morsy though nowadays they are significantly weaker with less participants attending them.