Anti-Mursi protests hit Cairo, other cities

ALEXANDRIA - Clashes erupted on Friday in two cities in northern Egypt, and protesters rallied in Cairo in the latest demonstrations against Egypt’s President Mohammed Mursi , who claims the recent wave of anti-government unrest is the work of conspirators.

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Published: Sat 30 Mar 2013, 9:42 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 5:53 PM

In the Mediterranean city of Alexandria, hundreds of unidentified assailants threw stones and fire bombs at protesters rallying against Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s most powerful political group. Mursi, who hails from the Brotherhood, was elected after longtime autocrat Hosni Mubarak was forced to step down in the 2011 popular uprising.

The anti-government protesters hurled stones back at the assailants during the clash in a square that used to be home to the Brotherhood’s office before it was stormed weeks ago by demonstrators. The clashes also halted train traffic for a few hours at a station near the site.

Mursi ’s opponents say the elected president has continuously defied legal norms to force through his agenda and trampled on the judiciary’s independence in a bid to consolidate his power. They also say he has failed to live up to his promises to have an inclusive political process where liberals are represented.

Separately, protesters and riot police clashed in the president’s home province of Sharqiya in the Nile River Delta. Police fired tear gas and exchanged stones with demonstrators tried to torch a Brotherhood office in the city of Zagazig, 50 miles north of the capital, Cairo.

In Cairo, hundreds of Egyptian protesters rallied in front of the office of the nation’s embattled Prosecutor General Talaat Abdullah, part of a nationwide call to hold demonstrations against actions that Mursi has taken against the opposition.

The protesters, clapping and beating drums, sealed off Abdullah’s office with locks and chains and displayed a sign that read: “Leave. Enough.”

“We are here to say that we are not fearful, we are not hiding,” said Wageh Abdel Salam, one of the demonstrators. “The revolution must continue.”

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