Egyptian police fire tear gas at Cairo protest

Police use crowd dispersal means on protesters to stop them from hurling rocks, storming court; eight injured.

By REUTERS
April 6, 2013 23:10
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Protesters at Tahrir Square, February 1, 2013.

Tahrir Square protest Feb 1 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany)

CAIRO - Egyptian police fired tear gas to prevent opponents of President Mohamed Morsi storming a court and the prosecutor-general's office in central Cairo on Saturday, witnesses said.

Eight people were injured in Cairo and during another protest in al-Fayoum south of the capital, the state news agency MENA said.

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Some 500 people marched for much of the day through central Cairo, chanting "The people want to topple the regime" on the fifth anniversary of the opposition April 6 youth movement.

When some protesters hurled rockets at the court, which also houses the prosecutor's office, and tried to break down the main gate, police fired tear gas from upstairs windows, witnesses said.

Egypt has been in political turmoil since the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, with Morsi and his Islamist allies pitted against various secular opposition groups.

The prosecutor-general angered activists a week ago by questioning a popular TV satirist who is accused of having insulted Morsi. The government denies opposition claims that the case is evidence of a crackdown on dissent.

"We are Muslims but we want a civilian state," said Saffeya Mustapha, a female protester on the Cairo march.

Seven protesters were taken to hospital, MENA said, citing the Health Ministry.


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