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2 killed in pro-Morsi protests in Egypt

English.news.cn   2014-05-23 23:40:59

CAIRO, May 23 (Xinhua) -- At least two people were killed and three others injured on Friday in clashes between supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and police during pro- Morsi marches in Egypt's Fayoum, some 85 km south of the capital Cairo, state-run Ahram news website reported.

The report said Morsi's loyalists assaulted a post office during their three marches in Fayoum that led to their confrontations with the police as well as some residents.

Also on Friday, Morsi's supporters staged a number of anti- government protests in some provinces across the country, including Cairo, the nearby Giza and Upper Egypt's Minya where over 1,000 supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have recently been sentenced to death over staging violent protests, storming two police stations and killing two police officers.

Since Morsi's removal by the military last July, his loyalists have been staging regular anti-government protests referring to his ouster as "a military coup." The security forces have been practicing a massive crackdown on them that led to the killing of over 1,000 people and the arrest of several thousands.

Friday's protests come a few days before Egypt holds the presidential elections slated for May 26 and 27, where ex-military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who led Morsi's overthrow last July, is expected to make an easy win over his leftist rival Hamdeen Sabahy.

Editor: Mu Xuequan
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