Egypt forces fire tear gas at protesters

Supporters of the Egypt’s ousted president Mohamed Morsi hold a sign reading in Arabic, “down with the (military) coup”, in the city of Alexandria (file photo).

Egyptian security forces have fired tear gas to disperse supporters of ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, in Egypt™s port city of Alexandria.

On Monday, the security forces fired tear gas and birdshots to disperse the protesters demanding Morsi™s reinstatement in Geleem area, east of Alexandria.

This comes a day after the anti-government National Coalition for the Defense of Legitimacy group called for mass demonstrations on Monday and Tuesday.

This is while the pro-government Tamarod (rebellion) movement also urged its supporters to participate in rival gatherings on the two days.

Egypt has been experiencing unrelenting violence since July 3, when the Egyptian army ousted Morsi, suspended the constitution, and dissolved the parliament. The army also appointed the head of the Supreme Constitutional Court, Adly Mahmoud Mansour, as the new interim president.

Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders have accused the military of launching a coup that reversed the gains of the 2011 revolution against former dictator, Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt’s military-installed interim government has launched a bloody crackdown on Morsi supporters and arrested more than 2,000 Brotherhood members, including the party™s leader, Mohamed Badie, who was detained on August 20.

On October 6, more than 50 demonstrators were killed in clashes between supporters of Morsi and police forces in the North African country.

About 1,000 people were killed in a week of violence between Morsi supporters and security forces after police dispersed their protest camps in a deadly operation on August 14.

The massacre sparked international condemnation and prompted world bodies to call for an independent investigation into the violence.


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