Egypt beefs up security after Tahrir clashes

On Tuesday evening, pro-democracy demonstrators gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square but were dispersed by opponents

Egypt beefs up security after Tahrir clashes

World Bulletin/News Desk

Egyptian authorities beefed up security in capital Cairo after clashes erupted between supporters and opponents of ousted President Mohamed Morsi.

On Tuesday evening, pro-democracy demonstrators gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square for the first time since the July 3 ouster of the elected president.

Scores of protesters converged on the square in response to online calls for a surprise demonstration.

However, they were soon dispersed by opponents.

Pro- and anti-Morsi students also clashed in Giza's Nahda Square, the scene of a six-week long sit-in which was dispersed by security forces on August 14.

Following the rare protest at the square, police personnel carriers were deployed while army troops were also stationed in the vicinity of the Egyptian Museum.

On Wednesday, cleaners appeared in full swing to clear the square of debris after Tuesday's protests.

Security forces were also dispatched around Cairo University and downtown Cairo Martyrs metro station.

According to one security officer, Wednesday's deployments were meant to "ease passenger traffic through the metro system."

Last Mod: 02 Ekim 2013, 16:35
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