November 15, 2019

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  • In Pictures: Nation-wide anti-coup rallies, 6 dead

    Anti-coup protesters in Nasr City on August 30. (Photo by Hassan Ibrahim)

    CAIRO – Thousands of anti-coup protesters joined nation-wide marches after Friday prayers on a day dubbed by the Muslim Brotherhood “The People Reclaim their Revolution” despite warnings by police Thursday that it will continue to use live fire “in legitimate self-defense.”

    According to news reports, the health ministry said six people had been killed on Friday in fighting between protesters and local residents, including one in Port Said. Morsi’s supporters said that another person was also killed in Zagazig, Sharqiya province.

    Otherwise the marches were relatively peaceful, except for some clashes in Cairo’s Mohandiseen area at Mostafa Mahmoud Square where police fired shots in the air and teargas canisters to disperse a crowd before reaching the main square.

    The rallies were the largest to take place compared to other in the past few Fridays, despite an on-going arrests campaign which saw hundreds of Muslim Brotherhood members rounded up in house raids including the group’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, who lost a son during the “Friday of Rage” protests in Ramses, and most recently, leading figure Mohamed El Beltagy whose 17-year-old daughter was killed during the violent dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in on Aug. 14.

    In Greater Cairo, anti-coup marches were held in Heliopolis, Maadi, the Fifth District, New Cairo and Mohandiseen, among others, while outside Cairo, there were protests in Alexandria, Port Said, Hurghada, Aswan, Sohag, Wadi El Gedid and North Sinai and other provinces.

    Police and army troops blocked access to flashpoint destinations in the capital, including the Presidential Palace.

    The National Alliance to Support Legitimacy released a statement on Wednesday saying that August 30 would be “the beginning of a civil disobedience campaign to pressure the putschists to end the coup.”

    Morsi supporters have been protesting against his removal by military coup for almost two months. Morsi remains held incommunicado at an undisclosed location, while his ousted predecessor Mubarak has been released from prison and placed under “house arrest” at a military hospital.

    All photos by Hassan Ibrahim.

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