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3 arrested in Friday protests

Anti-Coup Alliance called on Egyptians to hold protests demanding army “return to its barracks”

Renewed clashes between demonstrators and security forces on Friday have resulted in three arrests and several injuries, according to state-run newspaper Al-Ahram

In Gharbeya governorate, three alleged members of the Muslim Brotherhood were arrested, on charges of possessing anti-government flyers, violence and protesting without a permit.

Security forces also dispersed rallies by anti-government protesters in Matariya. The protesters used fireworks to confront the forces, who were stationed in force in the district’s main square and around mosques that are known to be meeting points of protesters.

Eyewitnesses told Daily News Egypt that society forces were using microbuses and toktoks to arrest and chase the protesters.

At the end of the last week, the Anti-Coup Alliance called upon Egyptians to hold protests to demand the army to “return to its barracks”.

The pro-Morsi coalition said the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) “committed a crime when it abandoned the boarders and pushed soldiers to confront the people”.

In a recent development, nine alleged members of the militant Revolutionary Punishment group were arrested by the police on charges of killing a man and filming his execution. They are currently in pre-trial detention, awaiting investigations by the prosecution.

The video which was broadcast on the social media pages of the militant group showed an alleged Helwan resident confessing to his helped the police to point out protesters and activists.

The man was executed at the end of the video, with the group vowing for more similar operations.

While the Egyptian state keep asserting that all militant groups are branches of the now outlawed Muslim Brotherhood, the group says that “any violence from the government” will always be confronted by “peacefulness”.

Ahead of the second anniversary of the mass protests that resulted in the ouster of former president Mohamed Morsi, a number of anti-government revolutionary groups announced plans to organise mass protests to defy what they call “oppressive rule”.



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