Egyptian military forces fired warning shots and teargas at a few hundred supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi as they attempted to enter Cairo’s Tahrir Square from nearby Abdel-Moneim Riyad Square while chanting against both the police and military, reported state-owned news agency MENA.
Security forces also fired teargas earlier on Friday afternoon at Morsi loyalists in Qasr Al-Aini Street off the heavily-barricaded Tahrir Square.
Several armed forces vehicles are currently deployed at all entrances leading to the square in anticipation of another attempt to enter by Morsi supporters.
According to the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, security forces also attempted to disperse protesters with teargas in Dokki, a district close to Tahrir.
In eastern Cairo, MENA reports, pro-Morsi protesters attempted to march on the defence ministry headquarters but were cut off by security vehicles which blockaded the streets leading to the building.
Thousands of supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi are staging several demonstrations in Cairo and across the country on Friday, continuing to defy a security crackdown targeting the ousted president’s Muslim Brotherhood organisation.
In Cairo, protesters marched amidst tightened security towards Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in east Cairo, where the main pro-Morsi sit-in was held before it was violently dispersed by security forces in August.
Pro-Morsi demonstrations were also reported in other parts of Egypt including Sharqiya and Gharbiya governorates, and the cities of Alexandria and Suez.
The protesters chanted slogans calling for the downfall of army chief General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi.
Security vehicles blocked the streets leading to Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in anticipation of possible marches to the area, which was previously the site of a major pro-Morsi protest camp.
Security forces also blocked streets around Tahrir Square – where Morsi’s supporters attempted to gather last week – as well as Mostafa Mahmoud Square in nearby Giza, another site where pro-Morsi protesters frequently gather.
Scuffles took place between protesters and their opponents in Manial, Guiza other districts in Greater Cairo as well as in Alexandria and Sharqiya.
The pro-Morsi National Alliance in Support of Legitimacy has called for intensified protests on Friday and Saturday, and for protests in Tahrir Square on Sunday to mark the 40th anniversary of the 1973 war with Israel.
source: ahram online