7 Dec 2013

Police break up pro-Morsi protest

12:56 pm on 7 December 2013

Egyptian police have used tear gas to end clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of the ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi.

Mr Morsi's supporters have been staging protests almost daily since the army deposed him on 3 July, Reuters reports.

The Cairo clashes took place when a march by Muslim Brotherhood supporters came face-to-face with an opposing crowd, Reuters report.

Supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters clashed riot police in Cairo.

Supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi supporters clashed riot police in Cairo. Photo: AFP

The Morsi supporters were holding placards showing the four-finger logo of solidarity with those killed when security forces razed protest camps in Cairo last August.

Similar pro-Brotherhood protests were staged in other parts of Cairo along with the Suez Canal cities of Suez and Port Said.

Police arrested 73 pro-Brotherhood protesters in different places for "inciting riots", according to an Interior Ministry statement.

Two weeks ago a law was promulgated that banned protests near or originating from places of worship, and made it compulsory to seek Interior Ministry permission to hold a demonstration.

A ministry official said no such request had been filed for Friday's protests.

About 180 Brotherhood protesters were arrested during similar protests last Friday.