Clashes on third anniversary of uprising in Egypt leave at least 29 dead, 300 arrested

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An anti-coup protest in January made up of mostly Egyptian university students (Image credit: Bora S. Kamel/Flickr)

An anti-coup protest in January made up of mostly Egyptian university students (Image credit: Bora S. Kamel/Flickr)

At least 29 people have been killed in clashes between police and anti-government protesters as Egypt marks the third anniversary of the 2011 uprising that deposed President Hosni Mubarak.

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Extra security measures were put in place for Saturday and arrests were reported in Cairo and Alexandria.

Rival protests took place in Cairo, where police broke up the anti-government demonstrations, leaving at least 29 dead and 147 injured, Egyptian health ministry official Ahmed Kamal said to the BBC.

Hundreds have died in clashes since the Egyptian army ousted President Mohammed Morsi in July.

The situation has been especially dire for Christians in Egypt, with many killed and others forced to flee.

The majority of the people killed in the most recent clashes were killed in Cairo, two were killed in Minya and one women killed in Alexandria, according to the BBC.

Police also arrested 139 members of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo, according to a USA Today report citing Egyptian state news agency MENA.

The Muslim Brotherhood, the party behind Morsi, led the anti-government demonstrations across Cairo.

“When the police forces came, they attacked us with gas bombs,” said Nour Mustapha, a university student who marched in one of the rallies in Nasr City on Saturday.

“The march went another route, and they attacked with live bullets.” Mustapha said, according to USA Today.

Others demonstrated in support the current military-backed government.

“The Egyptian army is the strongest in the world, and they never disappointed us – ever,” said Ayat Ramadan, dressed in the colors of the Egyptian flag.

Egypt’s Ahram Online reports that in total 300 were arrested on Saturday.

General Abdel-Fattah Osman, the Egyptian deputy interior minister for media affairs, said that a car bomb detonated on Saturday afternoon at the Central Security Forces camp in Suez.

Previously, General Hani Abdel-Latif, a spokesperson for the ministry of interior, said that an RPG fired by anti-government militants caused the explosion.

The attack left four injured and eyewitnesses report ongoing clashes at the police camp between security forces and militants.

Elections are likely to occur within six months and General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is expected to win by a large margin, according to Reuters. Sisi has yet to announce his candidacy.

Human rights groups have harshly criticized the actions taken by the Egyptian government since July, accusing the government of crushing dissent and trampling human rights.

“Three years on, the demands of the ‘25 January Revolution’ for dignity and human rights seem further away than ever,” said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa Program at Amnesty International, according to USA Today. “Several of its architects are behind bars, and repression and impunity are the order of the day.”

While the Muslim Brotherhood continues to be attacked by the Egyptian government, Michael Hanna of the Century Foundation in New York told Reuters that they are not easily swept aside entirely.

“Their soft, non-ideological support from Egyptian society has collapsed but their most energized core remains more zealous than ever,” Hanna said.

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One Response to Clashes on third anniversary of uprising in Egypt leave at least 29 dead, 300 arrested

  1. Anonymous January 25, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    …and we’re still sending money to egypt?!

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