Egypt police disperse pro-democracy rallies
Friday, April 25, 2014
CAIRO – Egyptian security forces dispersed rallies staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi against what they described as the country's worsening living conditions.
Policemen lobbed teargas canisters to disperse pro-democracy supporters in the coastal city of Alexandria and arrested several protesters.
A pro-democracy rally was dispersed in the central Beni Sueif province, with security forces detaining a number of demonstrators.
In Cairo, supporters of the ousted president staged several rallies across the capital against what they termed as the "military coup" against Morsi and the country's deteriorating economic conditions. Protesters carried loaves of bread as a sign on the country's economic conditions.
Egypt's economy has been hammered by three years of political turmoil since the 2011 ouster of long-serving president Hosni Mubarak.
Several rallies set out in the Giza province, west of Cairo, with demonstrators waving banners bearing images of Morsi and protesters killed and detained in recent months.
Pro-democracy supporters staged several rallies and organized human chains in the canal city of Ismailia in protest at the "military coup" against the democratically elected president.
The protesters burnt flags of the United States, Israel and the United Arab Emirates for what they described as their support for the military-backed authorities in Egypt.
Similar rallies were staged in several provinces, including Damietta and Sharqiya in the Nile Delta and the central provinces of Fayoum and Minya.
Friday's rallies were part of week-long demonstrations called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc.
Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army unseated Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, last July following massive protests against his presidency.
Pro-democracy protesters have staged almost daily rallies ever since to demand his reinstatement.
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