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Egyptian security forces on Friday used teargas to disperse protests staged by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi in several parts of the country, eyewitnesses said.
Security forces used teargas to disperse protests that began on Friday afternoon in a number of districts of capital Cairo and in several other provinces.
One policeman in Cairo's Maadi district was shot in the chest from atop a nearby building while he broke up a pro-Brotherhood protest of about 50 people, the interior ministry said in a statement posted on Facebook. He later died, the ministry said.
They were the first pro-Morsi Friday rallies to be held since the inauguration of Abdel-Fatah al-Sisi, the former army chief who led Morsi's military ouster last summer, as Egypt's new president.
Security forces arrested seven people on Friday while dispersing two pro-Morsi rallies in the ousted president's hometown in the Nile Delta province of Sharqiya, eyewitnesses told Anadolu Agency.
Some protesters were injured in the melee, eyewitnesses said.
The protests came in response to calls by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, to stage rallies against al-Sisi's presidency on the first Friday since the latter's June 4 inauguration.
Al-Sisi was sworn-in on Sunday after winning nearly 97 percent of vote in last month's presidential election, according to figures by Egypt's electoral commission.
Ever since last summer's ouster of Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected president, his supporters have staged almost daily rallies to demand his reinstatement – despite a sustained crackdown on dissent by the army-backed government.
While Morsi's supporters call his ouster a "military coup," opponents describe it as a "military-backed revolution."Last Mod: 13 Haziran 2014, 17:54