Egyptian Islamists demand judiciary purge at High Court

April 19, 2013 21:13


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CAIRO - Thousands of Islamist protesters clashed with opponents as they rallied on Friday to demand a purge of Egypt's judiciary, a sign of rising tension between the Islamist government and legal organs seen as a redoubt of old regime influence.

Thirty-nine people were injured in a bout of stone-throwing, and occasional gunshots outside the High Court, according to witnesses and a security source cited by state media. Police use tear gas to quell the disturbances.

Islamist President Mohamed Morsi's rule, in which he has repeatedly locked horns with judges over decrees seen by liberal and leftist opponents as moves to entrench Islamist domination, has divided many Egyptians and led to repeated street violence.

Friday's rally was called by the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated Freedom and Justice Party which propelled Morsi to power in last year's election after the popular uprising that overthrew Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

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