Saturday, January 25, 2014
At least 64 killed in Egypt during demonstrations on third anniverary of ''25 January''
Demonstration by the Revolutionary Path Front at the Journalists' Syndicate. (Photo Revolutionary Socialists). lateron Sayyed Wezza, a member of the 6 April movement that took part in the demonstration was shot dead.
Updated: The death toll from clashes in Egypt on Saturday's anniversary of the 2011 uprising has risen to 64, Egypt's forensic authorities' spokesperson told Ahram Online.
The toll on 25 January only includes those in Cairo and Giza, spokesman Hisham Abdel Hamid said. Post-mortem examinations showed at least 58 of the deaths were caused by gunshot wounds and one by birdshot, Abdel Hamid added. In east Cairo's Mattariya district alone, 26 were killed when police violently dispersed a demonstration by Morsi supporters.
Earlier the ministry communicated that also two people died in Minya, in addition to one fatality in Alexandria, 249 people were injured in the clashes in Giza, Cairo, Alexandria, Fayoum, Ismailia, Minya, Assiut and Beni Suef, acccording to the Health ministry. Security sources told Ahram Online that at least 300 people have been arrested in today's protests across Egypt.
In Suez a car bomb detonated outside a Central Security Forces (CSF) camp, 16 people were injured in the attack, the ministry of health said in a statement.
Security was increased around major squares and roads nationwide, but failed to prevent the violent clashes across the country. In downtown Cairo's Tahrir Square, the situation was calm as crowds rallied to celebrate in a festive atmosphere. Gunshots were heard earlier in the day, but this did not deter people from gathering in the square waving portraits of general Sisi and pro-government banners. The mood was celebratory, with protesters holding up posters of Defense Minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, while dancing to pro-military song "Teslam al-Ayady."Ther clashes however took place elsewhere.
As altercations escalated into the afternoon, the Revolution Path Front called on its members to withdraw from protests in an official statement, denouncing what it described as the excessive use of violence by security forces. The front is a coalition of several revolutionary forces, including the April 6 Youth Movement and the Revolutionary Socialists. Members of the coalition had been present at the Mostafa Mahmoud protest in Cairo's Mohandiseen neighborhood, which was quickly dispersed around 1 pm, and also joined a demonstration on the Journalists’ Syndicate steps at 2 pm in downtown.
Later, the group marched from the syndicate en route to Tahrir Square, but the march was violently dispersed when security forces fired tear gas and shots in the air. During this demonstration Sayyed Wezza, a member of the 6 April movement was shot dead with two live bullets in his chest and belly. "The conflict with the regime is ongoing, but protecting your souls and freedoms is the most important hope remaining for the revolution," the statement from the Revolution Path Front said.
On Friday fifteen people were killed and 87 injured during clashes between supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and opponents across Egypt, the health ministry said on Saturday. At least 111 rioters have been arrested in several governorates, the interior ministry said.