Morsi supporters protest ahead of Rabaa anniversary

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged a flash protest late Tuesday near eastern Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawya Square, two days before the first anniversary of the violent dispersal of their protest camp last summer

Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged a flash protest late Tuesday near eastern Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawya Square, two days before the first anniversary of the violent dispersal of their protest camp last summer

CAIRO – Supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi staged a flash protest late Tuesday near eastern Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawya Square, two days before the first anniversary of the violent dispersal of their protest camp last summer.

Protesters chanted slogans condemning the forcible dispersal of the pro-Morsi sit-in by security forces, which left hundreds of people dead, according to eyewitnesses.

Hundreds of pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed when security forces violently cleared their protest camp in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square on August 14 of last year, only weeks after the military ousted Mohamed Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president.

In a report released on Tuesday, Human Rights Watch accused Egyptian security forces of carrying out a "systematic" killing of 1150 demonstrators, including at least 817 during the dispersal of the Rabaa sit-in alone, saying the killings likely constituted crimes against humanity.

The Egyptian government, for Its part, described the report as "politicized" and "biased", accusing the rights group of depending on anonymous witnesses whose accounts cannot be trusted and of "willfully ignoring" investigation into the killing of security forces in Rabaa and in other militant attacks over the past year.

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