World Bulletin / News Desk
Egyptian police on Friday dispersed several rallies staged by supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi under newly-approved legislation that aims to "regulate" street protests.
Security forces used teargas to disperse pro-Morsi demonstrators on Haram Street in Giza, amid reports of casualties. A number of protesters were also arrested by police.
In the Nile Delta city of Damietta, four protesters were injured by shotguns loaded with birdshot, according to statement by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which the ousted president hails.
Security forces, however, denied the claim, saying that only teargas had been used to disperse protesters.
A pro-Morsi rally was also dispersed in Mahala in the Nile Delta province of Gharbiya, where four people were reportedly injured in clashes between supporters and opponents of the ousted president.
Friday's rallies were called by the National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, to mark the passage of 100 days since 35 pro-Morsi demonstrators were killed while in police custody.
On Thursday, the Interior Ministry vowed to "firmly" confront Friday's planned "anti-coup" protests, saying the demonstrations had not been licensed by the ministry.
The ministry, an official statement read, would "deal with these illegal activities and firmly confront them as outlined by the law."
A recently-approved law gives security forces the right to deny protest organizers permission to stage demonstrations if the event is deemed a "threat to security or public safety" or if security conditions are found to be "inappropriate."
According to the law, violators will either be fined or imprisoned – penalties that provoked outrage on the part of many Egyptian politicians and activists who say the legislation curbs freedoms and gives police free rein to bar popular protest.Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 16:25