Egypt's pro-democracy protesters stage fresh rallies
By Islam Mosaad, Friday, March 07, 2014
CAIRO – Pro-democracy supporters staged on Friday fresh demonstrations in several provinces around the country, kicking off a new week of protests against the military-installed interim government.
Protesters stages morning marches in south Cairo`s Maadi district, chanting against police and military forces in the absence of security forces that are normally deployed in the afternoon, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter.
In Giza, protesters burned down flags of the US, Russia, Israel and the United Arab Emirates.
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, the main support bloc of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, has called for demonstrations under the slogan "We will not be ruled by the Zionists and Americans."
The alliance denounced an earlier hint at a presidential bid by army chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, the chief architect of Morsi`s ouster, whom the alliance claims is backed by the US and Israel.
The Emirates was one of the first Arab countries to support the army`s July ouster of Morsi and has since given the army-installed interim government billions of dollars in aid packages.
During a recent meeting in Moscow, Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled support for a possible presidential bid by al-Sisi.
In the northwestern Suez province, protesters formed a human chain, holding posters demanding the release of detainees.
Thousands of people have been detained since Morsi`s ouster, many for participating in unlicensed protests.
Military tanks have blocked entrances to the main squares of Suez to prevent demonstrations.
In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, protesters staged two marches, chanting slogans against the trial of the ousted president.
Morsi is standing several trials on multiple charges, including inciting the killing of protesters, espionage, insulting the judiciary and jailbreak.
Protesters also demonstrated in the Delta provinces of Menoufiya and Sharqiya as well as Upper Egypt`s Minya province.
Pro-democracy activists have been staging almost daily rallies since Morsi`s ouster some eight weeks ago.
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