Clashes and blocked roads on Rabaa anniversary
Cairo Security forces spread in Rabaa Square - YOUM7/Kareem Abdul Kareem

CAIRO: Roads and streets were blocked by protesting Muslim Brotherhood supporters Thursday morning on the first anniversary of the Rabaa al-Adaweya and Nahda Squares dispersal, several media outlets reported.

The Ain Shams neighborhood council was set on fire Thursday morning and ONA News Agency reported that unknown people set the building on fire; pictures of masked men around the building in flames were allegedly posted by activists on Twitter.

Amid pro-Muslim Brotherhood calls for protests on the commemoration of the dispersal of pro-Mohamed Morsi protesters in 2013, action began on Wednesday morning in Cairo.

Citizens reported on a popular traffic update hashtag that protesters cut off the Ring Road, a major and heavily used highway. Al-Ahram confirmed the news, stating that Morsi supporters blocked roads on Wednesday at dawn but security forces eventually controlled the situation.

Some Rabaa demonstrations began Tuesday and clashes erupted between security forces and Cairo University students protesting against the regime they consider a “military coup” that unrightfully removed Morsi from power then launched severe crackdown on Muslim Brotherhood members.

The dissolved Freedom and Justice Party, the Brotherhood’s political arm, reported Tuesday night the death of a protester in Gharbia but the Ministry of Health denied the news, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm.

Morsi was ousted following the mass demonstrations on June 30 calling for his resignation and new presidential elections. On July 3, then-Minister of Defense Abdel Fatah al-Sisi announced in a speech Morsi’s ousting and putting former head of the constitutional court Adly Mansour in charge of the transitional government as President.

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