Egypt police disperse anti-coup rallies

Anti-coup rallies were held in the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Minya, Beni Suef and Damietta.

Egypt police disperse anti-coup rallies

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian security forces on Friday used teargas and birdshot to disperse fresh rallies staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, eyewitnesses said.

Security forces dispersed one demonstration inside the Al-Azhar University dormitory complex in eastern Cairo, held to protest the upcoming presidential elections in which former army chief Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi – who played a key role in Morsi's ouster – is contesting.

Security forces dispersed anotheranti-coup rally in eastern Cairo's Nasr City neighborhood, where Al-Azhar University – a traditional stronghold of students affiliated with Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood – is located.

Security forces also fired teargas at students protesting outside Cairo University's dormitory in western Giza.

Other anti-coup rallies in cities of Alexandria, Minya, Beni Suef and Damietta, meanwhile, were likewise dispersed by security forces with teargas and buckshot.

Friday's rallies were part of a "third revolutionary wave" called by the anti-coup National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy to call for a boycott of upcoming presidential polls, slated for May 26-27.

For their part, al-Sisi's supporters also rallied in Alexandria as well as the Nile Delta's Menoufiya and Gharbiya.

Al-Sisi, who led the army to unseat Morsi last summer, and leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahi are vying for the top office.

Voting for Egyptians living abroad is already underway since Thursday and until May 18, according to an earlier statement by the Egyptian Foreign Ministry.

Egypt has been dogged by instability since the army ousted Morsi, the country's first freely elected leader, last July on the back of massive protests against his presidency.

Protesters – many of whom support Morsi and his embattled Muslim Brotherhood group – have staged almost daily rallies ever since to demand his reinstatement as president.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 16 Mayıs 2014, 16:08