Egyptians stage anti-government protests

Photo: Egyptians stage anti-government protests / Arabic region

Egyptians have once again taken to streets in several cities across the country to protest against the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, Press TV reported.

On Friday, the protesters condemned the ouster of the former president, Mohamed Morsi, by the Egyptian military and called for his reinstatement.

They also slammed the military-backed government of Sisi for its crackdown on supporters of Morsi.

Reports say police clashed with protesters in the capital Cairo, Giza and Minya. Dozens of protesters were injured and nearly 90 others, including 26 in Sharqiya alone, were arrested.

Security forces reportedly used tear gas and batons to quell the protests.

Pro-Morsi groups have called on Egyptians to stage a massive rally on July 3 to mark the anniversary of the ouster of Morsi.

Sisi led Morsi's ouster, triggering demonstrations across Egypt.

Morsi was Egypt's first democratically-elected president following the 2011 revolution that toppled long-time dictator Hosni Mubarak.

Sisi is also accused of leading the suppression of the Brotherhood supporters as hundreds of them have been killed in clashes with the Egyptian security forces over the past few months.

Rights groups say at least 1,400 people have been killed in the violence since Morsi's ouster, "most of them due to excessive force used by security forces."

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