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227 injured in Egypt clashes against Morsi declaration

English.news.cn   2012-11-24 22:35:38            

CAIRO, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) -- Clashes erupted Friday in Egypt between the police and protesters have injured 227 people, a statement from the health ministry said Saturday.

As many as 227 Egyptians were injured in protests of central Cairo's Tahrir square and other governorates after a new constitutional declaration was issued by President Mohamed Morsi Thursday, official MENA news agency quoted the spokesman Mohamed Amr as saying.

So far, 182 of them were charged after receiving medical treatment while 45 are still in hospitals, the statement said.

The number of injured people in each of Governorate of Alexandria and Suez is 30 and 27, while several of them are still receiving treatment in the hospitals, the statement noted.

A security source was quoted by MENA as saying that the injured among police are 128 people, and so far 259 rioters were arrested in the recent incidents.

Thousands of Egyptian protestors, headed by the April 6 movement, Revolutionary Youth Coalition and Kefaya movement, along with other liberal parties, flood to Cairo's center Tahrir square Friday to take part in a rally dubbed the rally of "anger and warning," rejecting the new constitutional declaration issued by Morsi.

Meanwhile, the demonstrations swept other governorates like Alexandria, Suez and Ismaelia, where clashes erupted between pro and anti president's decisions.

There is also a big rally outside the Presidential al-Etihadeya palace, led by the Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamists' groups, to express their support to the president 's decisions.

The Tahrir square was prevailed by relative calm on Saturday morning, while some political forces and groups against the constitutional declaration have erected some 20 tents in the square to start their open-ended sit-in, calling for revoking the new declaration, dissolving the Constitutional Assembly, holding national dialogue to set up a new constitution-writing body, sacking the government of Hisham Qandil and reshuffle of the Interior Ministry.

The new constitutional declaration issued by President Morsi ruled that all laws, decrees and constitutional declarations issued by the president since he came into office on June 30 are final and unchallengeable by any body.

Morsi also decided Thursday to sack Prosecutor General Abdel- Maguid Mahmoud and to appoint Talat Ibrahim Abdullah as new prosecutor general, raising controversies among political forces and the public.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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