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1 killed in clashes between supporters, opponents of Egyptian ousted president

English.news.cn   2013-09-14 05:13:12            

CAIRO, Sept. 13 (Xinhua) -- At least one was killed and five others were injured on Friday in clashes between the supporters and opponents of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria governorate, official news agency MENA reported.

One supporter of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood (MB) was killed during the clashes in Seadi Gaber district in the middle area of Alexandria.

The supporters and opponents exchanged rocks and shootings, and the security forces managed to disperse them by force, the report said.

After Friday prayers, MB supporters staged rallies in different parts of Egypt in protest of what they described as a "military coup" that ousted Morsi.

The demonstrators chanted anti-police slogans and held yellow sheets with four fingers, which became a symbol of the Rabaa al- Adawiya sit-in dispersed on Aug. 14.

The protests were called on by a pro-Morsi bloc, "the National Alliance for Supporting Legitimacy," calling for reinstatement of their Islamic leader.

TV footage showed that some protesters chanted "Abdel Fatah is the butcher," referring to army chief Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, and some others carried flags with portraits of those killed in the clearing-up at Rabaa al-Adawiya Square last month.

The security forces have intensified its existence across the country, mainly in the Nasr city in Cairo and some important squares in Delta cities and canal cities, the main spots where Morsi's supporters stage regular protests.

With the slogan of "Loyalty to the Martyrs' Blood," the protesters vowed more protests on Saturday. Some of them surrounded the presidential palace where armored vehicles were deployed at the whole surrounding area.

The protesters called on all the Egyptians not to pay electricity bills as a first step for civil disobedience, eyewitness in Alexandria told Xinhua.

Over a podium established by the pro-Alliance bloc in Alexandria, one of the MB leaders announced that more than 12 million Egyptians have refused to pay the electricity bill in protest of toppling Morsi.

Elsewhere in Cairo, the independent Hayat TV said the MB members have assaulted its crew in Nasr city and took all their cameras and airing equipment.

Meanwhile, the crew of the state TV, which the protesters called as "the coup TV," was also attacked by Islamists in Salah Salem Street in Cairo.

Dozens of the MB supporters were arrested in the Delta city of Mansoura after confrontations erupted between Morsi's loyalists and citizens, and several others were wounded.

Nearly 3,600 MB leaders and members have been arrested since July 3 when the Islamist leader was deposed by the armed forces.

Morsi and other 14 MB members were referred to the criminal court over using violence and inciting killing against MB opponents, but the date of the trail was yet determined.

Egypt extended state of emergency, which had been scheduled to end on Thursday, by two months for security reasons.

Editor: Yang Yi
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