World Bulletin/News Desk
Egypt's Interior Ministry said that several protests held Friday by supporters of ousted President Mohamed Morsi were "not peaceful" in nature, accusing demonstrators of assaulting citizens and damaging property.
"Security forces followed a number of limited rallies and marches staged by the [Muslim] Brotherhood following Friday prayers in several provinces, some of which were not peaceful and violated the right to freedom of speech," the ministry said in a statement.
According to the ministry, violence erupted in several areas of the country when pro-Morsi protesters blocked roads and assaulted passersby.
"A heavy security presence and rapid intervention by security forces allowed clashes to be contained," the statement read.
The Muslim Brotherhood and the pro-Morsi National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, which called for Friday's protests, have yet to respond to the ministry's accusations.
Earlier Friday, limited clashes were reported between pro-democracy protesters and opponents in several areas across Egypt.
According to the alliance, Friday's protests -- launched under the banner "Suez steadfastness; our way to Jerusalem" -- aimed to draw inspiration from the local people of Suez who stopped Israeli forces from entering the city on October 24, 1973, a date commemorated every year as the canal province's national day.
Morsi was removed from power by Egypt's formidable military establishment this summer after massive and well-coordinated protests against his presidency that began on June 30.
The unconstitutional change of government is described by the ousted president's backers as a military coup, while supporters of the move call it a military-backed "popular uprising".Last Mod: 26 Ekim 2013, 10:51