Egypt closes Cairo squares anticipating Brotherhood demos
Published Friday 18/10/2013 (updated) 20/10/2013 16:39
CAIRO (Ma'an) -- Egyptian authorities closed all main squares in Cairo on Friday after the Muslim Brotherhood called for protests, a Ma'an correspondent reported.
Egyptian authorities deployed police heavily throughout the city and closed down Tahrir Square, al-Nahda Square, al-Mahata Square, Raba al-Adawiya Square and Ruski Square.
Cairo's security forces said that Muslim Brotherhood supporters were striving to incite violence in Tahrir Square.
It was the second Friday in a row that Tahrir Square has been free of mass protests.
Last week, Brotherhood supporters marched to demonstrate against the 100 days that had passed since president Mohamed Morsi was ousted by a military coup. They steered clear of Tahrir Square to avoid bloodshed.
At least 45 people were killed in Cairo on Oct. 6 when Muslim Brotherhood supporters tried to enter Tahrir during celebrations that marked the anniversary of the Arab-Israeli war.