Egypt sees fresh anti-coup protests

Cairo. Thousands of people are taking part in anti-government protests across Egypt, days after activities by the Muslim Brotherhood were banned by a Cairo court.
Protesters took to the streets in several towns and cities answering a call by the Anti-Coup Alliance. Net photo.
Protesters took to the streets in several towns and cities answering a call by the Anti-Coup Alliance. Net photo.

Cairo. Thousands of people are taking part in anti-government protests across Egypt, days after activities by the Muslim Brotherhood were banned by a Cairo court.

Friday’s protests, called by the Anti-Coup alliance, saw thousands take to the streets in Cairo, Port Said, Assuit, and elsewhere.

The protesters held up banners and chanted slogans against the military coup that ousted then-President Mohamed Morsi, a Muslim Brotherhood member. The Alliance called for the protests to complement “You are the pillar of the revolution” demonstrations, which began last Friday.

Violent protests have swept Egypt since the coup on July 3, and the authorities have cracked down on Morsi supporters.

While hundreds have died after security forces moved in to quell demonstrations, many Brotherhood members - including its top leaders - have been jailed.

A Cairo court on Monday ordered that Brotherhood funds be seized. Two days later, police stormed the headquarters of a Brotherhood newspaper, seized its contents and shut it down.

Al Jazeera’s correspondents in Egypt, who we are not naming for security reasons, said that the protests had largely remained peaceful, following the trend of recent weekly anti-government protests after Friday prayers.

 

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