Egypt police attack demo in Alexandria, five arrested

SHAFAQNA –  Egyptian security forces have detained five people during a fresh anti-government protest staged by supporters of the country’s ousted president, Mohamed Morsi. The arrests were made on Friday when riot police intervened to break up the protest rally held by pro-Morsi demonstrators in the al-Mamoura neighborhood of the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.

The protesters responded by throwing Molotov cocktails at police vehicles in the area.

Egyptian security guards also attacked similar anti-Cairo demonstrations in a number of other cities, including Beni Suef, Faiyum, and Giza on Friday.

Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, was ousted in July 2013 in a military coup led by Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, the country’s current president and then army commander.

Since then, Egypt has been the scene of massive anti-government protests, with continuous clashes between security forces and the supporters of the deposed leader and the Muslim Brotherhood movement.

The new rulers in Egypt have come under pressure from human rights groups over their harsh crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members and supporters. The movement has been also blacklisted as a terrorist organization by the military-backed government in Cairo.

Rights groups say the army’s crackdown on pro-Morsi demonstrations has led to the death of over 1,400 people and the arrest of 22,000 others, including some 200 people who have been sentenced to death in mass trials.

Morsi and his aides are currently on trial in several cases and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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