12 Protesters killed in clashes across Egypt on anniversary of uprising

January 25, 2014 | By | Reply More

Jan 25, – Deadly violence has marred Egyptian ceremonies marking the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

hromedia Nine protesters dead in clashes on anniversary of Egypt uprising arab uprising2Government officials say at least twelve people were killed Saturday in anti-government protests, which took place as thousands of people gathered in Cairo’s Tahrir Square in a show of support for the current government. But medics say at least 12 protesters were killed and scores wounded, some of them in critical conditions. Many protesters have been arrested.

Also, police have fired tear gas to disperse anti-government demonstrators. And video has shown government supporters in Cairo hurling rocks at opponents, who include backers of former Islamist president Mohamed Morsi as well as those opposed to the current military-installed government.

In another development on Saturday, an explosion took place near a police facility in the city of Suez. Earlier in the day, a bomb exploded near a Cairo police academy. No injuries were reported.

The blasts come a day after six policemen were killed in a series of explosions that rocked Cairo.

Asar Beit al-Maqdis, or Partisans for Jerusalem, released a statement Saturday claiming responsibility.  The statement also warned Muslims to stay away from police stations.  The group has also claimed responsibility for a September 2013 bombing in Mansoura and other attacks, saying they were carried out to avenge the military-backed government’s crackdown on Islamists.

At least 20 people died Friday across Egypt, including six policemen.  Authorities say the remaining deaths occurred in clashes among Islamist protesters, their secular opponents and police.

Egypt has been mired in political turmoil since July 3, when army General Abdel Fattah al-Sissi ousted President Mohamed Morsi, the country’s first freely-elected civilian president.

More than 1,000 of Morsi supporters were killed in the security crackdown following his removal from power.

The security crackdown has been extended to secular-minded liberals, including ones who played a key role in the 2011 uprising. Human rights groups have accused the Egyptian authorities of quashing dissent and using excessive force, calling state violence since Morsi’s ouster unprecedented.

Egypt’s most prominent rights groups criticised the government for using the “purported aim of ‘countering terrorism’ as justification to commit arbitrary arrests and restrict freedoms.”

Although the Brotherhood has been nearly crushed by the state, the group has a history of rebounding.

“Their soft, non-ideological support from Egyptian society has collapsed but their most energized core remains more zealous than ever,” said Michael Hanna of the Century Foundation in New York.

“The Brotherhood and its supporters are not something that can be swept aside easily they have a substantial and resilient core.”

Press journalist for HRO media – Khizer Hayat contributed to this report.

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