Egypt: Violence erupts outside pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo
Security officials and witnesses say the fighting broke out when the Muslim Brotherhood, which is demanding that Morsi be reinstated, tried to break into the Interior Ministry.
Protesters threw rocks at police trying to stop them, prompting the tear gas as local residents joined security forces and began throwing rocks at the Brotherhood supporters.
The violence came a day after Egypt’s military-backed leadership postponed a plan to besiege two protest camps occupied by Morsi’s supporters to avoid bloodshed.
At a sit-in outside the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City, pro-Morsi protesters dug in, protected by a set of walls made from piled sandbags and pavement stones. More protesters flowed in despite the summer heat, chanting for Morsi’s reinstatement, carrying Egyptian flags and tooting horns that echoed throughout the sit-in.
“We will continue protesting here and in other places until we restore democracy, our freedom,” said Nasser Ahmed, 49, surrounded by smoke from the grill of a kebab vendor at the camp’s main entrance. “We will stay in the streets until we restore Morsi as president.”
On Monday, the Egyptian authorities said they were rethinking that deadline in the hopes of resolving the matter peacefully. For more than a month, Morsi’s supporters have held their ground in two locations in the capital despite several recent warnings by authorities that they will be dispersed.
The Associated Press