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Egypt police crush pro-Mursi protests on anniversary

Published on Jul 4, 2014 3:19 AM
 
Egyptian supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood movement shout slogans during a rally to mark the first anniversary of the military ouster of president Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2014 in Cairo's Mattarya district. Egyptian police on Thursday swiftly quashed the protests, firing tear gas and arresting dozens of demonstrators. -- PHOTO: AFP

CAIRO (AFP) - Egyptian police on Thursday swiftly quashed Islamist protests marking the first anniversary of the military oustre of president Mohamed Mursi, firing tear gas and arresting dozens of demonstrators.

The protests were seen as a test of the Islamists' strength, with the Muslim Brotherhood-led Anti Coup Alliance having issued an aggressive rallying cry demanding a "day of anger" to mark Mr Mursi's overthrow.

Police closed off several main squares in Cairo and scoured neighbourhoods to head off protests. In its Ain Shams district, black-clad riot policemen fired tear gas and shotguns to disperse a few dozen protesters who burned tyres on a road.

Police also dispersed other protesters elsewhere in the capital, security officials said.

 
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