World Bulletin/News Desk
Over 300 people were arrested in connection with protests that engulfed Egypt on Sunday, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday.
"A number of the arrestees tired to sneak into the Tahrir Square to spoil the celebrations marking the anniversary of 1973 victory," Assistant Interior Minister Sayed Shafiq told state television on Sunday, labeling all those detained "rioters."
Earlier in the day, eyewitnesses said at least 40 pro-democracy protesters were detained during a march that was heading from Qasr al-Aini Street to Tahrir Square before being intercepted by security forces.
Another march was blocked in Dokki, Giza, and 20 demonstrators were arrested.
Forty more were arrested in the coastal city of Alexandria during clashes between pro-democracy protesters and army-supporters in Awayed district in the east, a security source said.
In Qalioubiya, six were arrested for trying to disrupt subway services in the province, a security official said.
Others were arrested in the Upper Egyptian provinces of Sohag, Aswan and Assuit.
The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy has called for mass protests Sunday to denounce the army's July 3 ouster of Mohamed Morsi, the country's free democratically elected president.
The protests coincided with army celebrations of the 40th anniversary of the 1973 victory over Israel and the liberation of the Sinai Peninsula.Last Mod: 07 Ekim 2013, 09:12