CAIRO: Violent clashes erupted Saturday evening between alleged pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters and security forces in different neighborhoods in Cairo, after protesters responded to an earlier call by the National Alliance Supporting Legitimacy (NASL) to start an escalating wave of protests on Aug.30.
In Faisal Street, in the Haram district, MB supporters organized marches but started blocking roads and attacked security installations with fireworks and birdshot, Youm7 reported. Police used tear gas to disperse them.
The situation also turned violent near the Behouth Metro Station in Dokki, after some anti-regime protesters, whom Youm7 said were calling themselves “the liberated,” were confronted by police, leading to clashes. It was also reported that tear gas used by security forces filled the metro station causing at least eight people to be hospitalized after being exposed to it.
In Imbaba and Waraq districts, a public transportation bus was set on fire. No injuries were reported but security forces intensified their presence, as the area has been subject to frequent violent activity.
In 6 October City, a suburb closer to Giza, pro-MB supporters set fire to a police truck with Molotov cocktails, MENA reported Saturday.
This comes following similar clashes across the governorates Friday. On Aug. 28, NASL issued a statement calling for protests under the title “The Voice of the Helpless is a Revolution,” and spoke of an “intifada” (uprising) of the people on Sep. 9 against the leadership of President Abdel Fatah al-Sisi.
NASL compared Sisi to Libyan General Khalifa Haftar and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, claiming “Sisi is soon to fall like they did,” and called on their followers to raise “a strong uprising, in addition to partial strikes.”
Their references may have been overexcited wishful thinking however, as Haftar is still in control of a large militia in Libya, and Netanyahu is still the Israeli Prime Minister.
Additional reporting by Mostafa el-Sayed, Abdul Rahman el-Sayed, Maged Temraz and Sara Salah.