3 dead as police crack down on Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt
Published Friday 10/01/2014 (updated) 11/01/2014 17:40
Protesters run away from tear gas during clashes between supporters
and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi following a protest
by Islamist supporters calling for Morsi's reinstatement on Jan. 10, 2014
in Cairo (AFP/Khaled Kamel)
CAIRO (AFP) -- Three people were killed in Egypt Friday in clashes between supporters and opponents of deposed president Mohamed Morsi, and police arrested dozens of Islamist protesters across the country, security officials said.
A police officer said a street vendor was shot dead in clashes between Morsi's Islamist supporters and civilian opponents in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
Police arrested the shooter and identified him as a member of Morsi's banned Muslim Brotherhood, the officer said, adding that 25 demonstrators were also rounded up.
Two people were also killed in the canal city of Suez where clashes broke out between Brotherhood supporters, police and residents opposed to the Islamists, medics and security officials said.
The Islamists held rallies in several cities demanding the reinstatement of democratically-elected president Morsi, who the military ousted in July following mass protests demanding his resignation.
The interior ministry said police arrested 169 suspected protesters countrywide.
The Islamists have organized near daily protests since Morsi's overthrow, often clashing with police and civilian opponents.
At least 17 people were killed across the country on January 3 and more than 100 arrested, as police clamped down on the Brotherhood that has spearheaded the protests.
Last month, the government designated the Brotherhood as a terrorist organization, outlawing membership in or support for the movement.
More than 1,000 have been killed and more than 2,000 detained across Egypt in the crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood since Aug. 14, when police forcibly dispersed two protest camps in Cairo's Rabia al-Adawiya Square. The protest camps had been set up in opposition to the July 3 ouster by the Egyptian military.
Since then, Muslim Brotherhood activists have held weekly demonstrations in protest against the coup, while the army has consolidated its grip on power.
Last month Egyptian authorities issued a new law drastically restricting protests by demanding notice of any gathering of more than 10 people days in advance, as well details of location, aims, and demands.
Ma'an staff contributed to this report