Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013

Over 100 killed at Cairo protest

Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi build a barricade to separate them from police during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi take cover behind a makeshift barricade they built during clashes with police in Nasr city area, east of Cairo, on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry a protester injured during clashes with police and Mursi opponents, in Nasr city area, east of Cairo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
A police officer aims a shotgun at supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throw stones at police and anti-Mursi protesters during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Fireworks are set off near police and anti-Mursi protesters by supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo July on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throw stones from behind a makeshift barricade they built as they take cover from the police during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throw stones from behind a makeshift barricade they built as they take cover from the police during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo July on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
A car that members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi say was burnt by police and plain-clothed people is seen during clashes in Nasr city area, east of Cairo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi carry an injured protester injured during clashes with the police in Nasr city area, east of Cairo on Saturday. Photo: Reuters
Protesters stand on a tank as they gather for a mass protest to support the army in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday. Photo: Reuters
Protesters standing on power lines cheer as they gather for a mass protest to support the army in front of the presidential palace in Cairo on Friday. Photo: Reuters
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More than 100 people are reported to have been killed in Cairo at a protest held by supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi.

Clashes are still taking place around the Rabaa al-Adawiya mosque and there is blood on the streets, says the BBC’s Quentin Sommerville at the scene.

A doctor at a field hospital close to the protest said that in addition to the dead, more than 1,000 were injured.

Both pro-and anti-Morsi supporters had been holding huge protests overnight.

Many thousands occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square in support of the army, which removed Morsi from office earlier this month.

Army chief Gen Abdel Fattah al-Sisi had urged people to take to the streets to give the military a mandate for its intervention.
It is not yet clear whether the clashes around the mosque represent a concerted effort by the security forces to clear the area.

Early on Saturday, Interior Minister Mohammed Ibrahim had vowed to end the sit-in at the mosque.

He said local residents had complained about the encampment and that the protest would be “brought to an end soon and in a legal manner”.

The minister said the prosecutor would issue an order, but this has yet to happen.

Our correspondent says automatic gunfire can still be heard and the area is being hit by barrages of tear gas.

Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Gehad el-Haddad told Reuters news agency: “They are not shooting to wound, they are shooting to kill.”

A senior Brotherhood politician, Saad el-Hosseini, told the agency that this was an attempt by security forces to clear the mosque area.

“I have been trying to make the youth withdraw for five hours. I can’t. They are saying they have paid with their blood and they do not want to retreat,” he said.

Our correspondent says the pro-Morsi supporters are furious about the role the military is taking, and in particular Gen Sisi, who they say is killing Egyptians.

There has also been violence in Egypt’s second city of Alexandria, where at least 10 people have been killed in clashes between rival factions.

Morsi charged

Since Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted on 3 July, dozens of people have died in violent protests.

Morsi has now been formally accused of conspiring with the Palestinian militant group Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip and has strong links with the Muslim Brotherhood.

He is alleged to have plotted attacks on jails in the 2011 uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

Morsi and several Muslim Brotherhood leaders were freed during a breakout at a Cairo prison in January 2011.

Morsi is to be questioned for an initial 15-day period, a judicial order said.

The order issued on Friday was the first official statement on Morsi’s legal status since he was overthrown and placed in custody at an undisclosed location.



  • Bangladeshi_Fredom_Fighter

    Egyptian military has legitimized their coup in such a ridiculous
    logic like pigs flying in the sky. More than 50 percent of Egyptians had
    voted for mursi, but a majority was against him. But still that does
    not give the military any power to swipe democratically elected
    government. What if the Mursi supporters, more than 50 percent
    Egyptians, oppose the new government. What would military do then? I
    strongly condemn the interference of military in democracy, although USA
    doesn’t condemn this.

    • progressiveBG

      Very well said. An elected government removed from office is nothing but force regime change simply because, an Islamist party won the election. Its repeating same history of Algeria.

      Shame on so-called liberal corrupts in Egypt.

  • Shahin Huq

    Every drop of blood will write in history that USA is highly hypocritical in its utterances of democracy. Every drop of blood will write in history that Sisi is a ruthless murderer.

    • truthprevails53

      USA should strive to make Saudi Arabia democratic first, let women do normal things like drive cars. Does fundamentalism support democracy?

      • shafiul

        Are you a singer of song of democracy? People like you so utter words of democracy, but really undemocratic.

  • truthprevails53

    Egypt is a great example that fundamenalism is evil and never works. Hope Bangladesh does not become the next Egypt. We don’t want to revisit 1971.

    • shafiul

      If government linger to come up with CG, Egypt’s condition may appear in BD.

    • progressiveBG

      If people of Egypt wants to elect an Islamist party and they want to be rule by their way….who am I or you to poke our middle finger in their private and or domestic affairs?

  • progressiveBG

    Congratulation Mossad and C.I.A. Your mission to start destroying another Muslim nation called Egypt after Iraq, Syria is now a success story !