Egypt: Protester Killed Amid Fresh Clashes

By IndepthAfrica
In Egypt
Feb 1st, 2013
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Police fire water cannon and tear gas at protesters in Cairo during violent demonstrations about the country’s leadership.

Protesters throw stones at security forces inside the presidential palace during clashes between protesters and police in front of the palace in Cairo

Protesters throwing stones at security forces in Cairo

One person has been killed and dozens injured during clashes between police and protesters in the Egyptian capital of Cairo.

Egypt’s health ministry said a 23-year-old man died after being shot in the chest and forehead on Friday. Some 53 people were wounded in protests that took place across the country, mainly in Cairo.

Demonstrators are demanding the overthrow of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Protesters throw fireworks on police in front of the presidential palace, in Cairo
Protesters throw fireworks at police in front of the presidential palace

Youths threw petrol bombs and shot fireworks at the outer wall of President Morsi’s Cairo presidential compound as night fell.

Police responded by firing water cannon and tear gas leading to skirmishes in the surrounding streets.

The president has warned his security forces will act with “utmost decisiveness” to protect state buildings following the clashes outside the presidential palace.

Protests Continue Against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi
Police fire tear gas at demonstrators

The trouble there follows anger on the streets of Port Said where thousands protested to mark the first anniversary of a football stadium riot that left 74 people dead.

The renewed violence brought an end to a few days of calm after the deadliest week of Mr Morsi’s seven months in power.

Protests marking the second anniversary of the uprising that toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak have killed nearly 60 people since January 25, prompting the head of the army to warn this week that the state was on the verge of collapse.

Protesters chant anti-Morsi slogans during a protest in front of the presidential palace in Cairo
Protesters chant anti-Morsi slogans

There were also scuffles earlier near Cairo’s central Tahrir Square, where police fired tear gas at stone-throwing youths. In Alexandria, protesters blocked roads, staged a sit-in on the railway and tried to break into the TV and radio building.

The protesters accuse President Morsi of betraying the spirit of the revolution by concentrating too much power in his own hands and those of his Muslim Brotherhood.

The Brotherhood accuses the opposition of trying to overthrow the first democratically elected leader in Egypt’s 5,000-year history.

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