Thousands of Morsi supporters rally in Egypt1 min read . Updated: 13 Sep 2013, 08:29 PM IST
Clashes between pro and anti-Morsi supporters reported in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria
Cairo: Thousands of Mohamed Morsi’s supporters rallied on Friday in Cairo against the military, as supporters and opponents of the deposed Islamist president clashed elsewhere in Egypt.
The rallies come nearly a month after the 14 August crackdown by security forces on two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo that led to clashes in which hundreds of people were killed, the worst carnage in Egypt’s recent history.
“Either we recover their rights, or we die like them," protesters chanted of those who lost their lives in the crackdown, as they marched toward Rabaa al-Adawiya Square, the site of one of those camps.
An AFP correspondent said soldiers used barbed wire to block roads to the square, in the Nasr City district, with troops in helmets and carrying shields standing guard.
Protesters chanted “Abdel Fattah is the butcher," referring to army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, as they passed a government building guarded by soldiers.
The protesters, including several travelling in cars, carried flags with portraits of those killed in Rabaa al-Adawiya.
They made a stop outside the apartment building of one of those killed.
The dead man’s relatives had hung his picture outside a window of his apartment. His mother told AFP he was killed when police broke up the Rabaa al-Adawiya camp.
Morsi supporters also rallied in other parts of Egypt.
State media and security sources said police fired tear gas when the protesters clashed with opponents in the Nile Delta towns of Tanta and Mahalla.
Clashes between the two sides were also reported in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria.
Friday’s protests were called by the Anti-Coup Alliance, led by the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood to which Morsi belongs, under the slogan of “Loyalty to the Martyrs’ Blood."
Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted by the army in July after massive protests demanding his resignation.
The new military-installed authorities have since arrested more than 2,000 of his Islamist supporters.
On Thursday, interim president Adly Mansour extended for another two months a state of emergency in force since the mid-August bloodshed, citing security concerns.