December 8, 2013
Egyptian police use teargas after clashes in Alexandria and Suez
Police used teargas today to disperse demonstrations by supporters of ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, and in Suez.
Morsi's supporters have staged frequent protests in towns and cities across Egypt, many of them following today prayers, since the army deposed him on July 3 in response to mass protests against his rule.
In Suez, police fired tear gas to disperse around 4,000 pro-Morsi demonstrators, a local witness said.
And in Alexandria, around 1,000 demonstrators backing Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood blocked the Corniche, the main road along the Mediterranean seafront, and chanted slogans against the army and police, a witness said.
Residents and drivers threw stones at the demonstrators to try to force them to let traffic through, which triggered clashes. Police responded by firing teargas to disperse the crowds. Two people were arrested.
In Cairo's Giza neighborhood, residents also threw stones at a group of Brotherhood demonstrators who were chanting against the army, the sources said. Seven people were injured.