Islamists vow further protests numbers less than hoped for
Several thousand Egyptians protested in Cairo Friday in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, far fewer than had been hoped for by harried Islamists, who had called for mass rallies.
In the capital’s Nasr City district, thousands marched holding pictures of those killed in days of violent clashes with police this month during a security crackdown on the Islamists.
The Islamists held smaller rallies elsewhere, some descending into clashes with anti-Morsi protesters that left two people dead in the canal city of Port Said and the Nile Delta town of Zagazig, medics said.
Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, the main group organising protests, has lost its ability to bring people out in large numbers because of sweeping arrests that have netted its top leaders among at least 2,000 Islamists since August 14.
That day, police broke up two pro-Morsi protest camps in Cairo. More than 1,000 people died in clashes during that operation and ensuing violence around the country.
In another Cairo neighbourhood Friday, police fired tear gas to disperse several dozen protesters, an AFP correspondent said.
In Nasr City, the marches also raised yellow posters showing a black hand with four fingers raised, their symbol for the Rabaa al-Adawiya protest camp dispersed on August 14.