Egypt seals off Tahrir Square before Morsi rallies

The Friday rallies were called by ousted President Morsi's main support bloc to mark the passage of 100 days since the death of 37 of pro-Morsi demonstrators while in police custody.

Egypt seals off Tahrir Square before Morsi rallies

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian security forces sealed off Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday ahead of planned rallies by supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi.

Barricades and barbed wires have been erected at entry points of the iconic square, which was the epicenter of a popular revolution that ousted autocrat president Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Armored vehicles have also been deployed in the vicinity of the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, the site of a six-week pro-Morsi protest camp that was violently dispersed by security forces in mid-August, killing hundreds of people.

Security measures have also been beefed up in the canal cities of Suez, Ismailia and Port Said ahead of the rallies.

The National Alliance for the Defense of Legitimacy, Morsi's main support bloc, has called for Friday rallies to mark the passage of 100 days since the death of 37 of pro-Morsi demonstrators while in police custody. Four police officers are currently being tried for suspected complicity in the killings.

Last Mod: 29 Kasım 2013, 11:35
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