CAIRO: Anti-government protests broke out following Friday prayers throughout Cairo and Giza today, and as has become routine, security forces responded.
A number of the protesters were detained for rioting, Youm7 reported.
Clashes erupted between students and security forces after demonstrations broke out Friday in campus housing at Al-Azhar University, Youm7 reported. Security forces broke through the main gates of the campus housing area to disperse and detain many of the student protesters.
Meanwhile, in anticipation of demonstrations, large numbers of security personnel were deployed to Cairo University at Giza Square and closed off Nahda Square. Security forces also spread out in Tahrir and Ithadeya Squares to prevent demonstrations, many outlets reported.
Five alleged pro-Muslim Brotherhood protesters were detained for rioting in Giza after the Friday prayer, according to Youm7.
In Heliopolis, a march started from outside the El-Qodsy Mosque and demonstrators chanted against the army and interior ministry. Security forces also dispersed a march in Haram, Giza by firing tear gas and used tear gas again to disperse a protest in front of El-Salam Mosque in Nasr City Friday morning. Protesters here allegedly fired fireworks and road flares at security personnel.
Three additional marches were dispersed by security forces in 6 October City, Youm7 reported, and there was another demonstration outside El-Sahaba Mosque in Maadi.
Additional reporting by Mostafa el-Sayed, Hany Othman, Maha el-Badeeny Mohamed Mahsoub, Reham el-Masry, Kamel Kamel, Mahmoud Abdel Rady, Reham Abdullah and Mohamed el-Deeb