UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Clashes erupted overnight in the northeastern Egyptian city of Suez between security forces and hundreds of demonstrators who chanted slogans against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
For the second night in a row, anti-government demonstrators took to the streets in central Suez, leading to clashes with riot police.
The news agency “Agence France Presse” eyewitnesses that about 200 people participated in the demonstration, and that the security forces “fired tear gas and rubber bullets and live ammunition, and that there are wounded.”
In the same context, a security source confirmed the presence of dozens of demonstrators in Suez, without providing any details on the reaction of the authorities.
Late on Saturday, Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) issued a statement calling on international media reporters not to “override the truth” in their reporting, but without directly mentioning the protests.
The Egyptian security forces have deployed on the outskirts of Tahrir Square in central Cairo, in anticipation of the outbreak of demonstrations had been called for by the media and social networking sites.
Friday’s demonstrations came in response to calls on social networks against Sisi, especially by Mohamed Ali, an Egyptian businessman living abroad.
The news agency “Agence France Presse” security sources said that at least 74 people were arrested on Friday night-Saturday while patrolling police officers in civilian clothes roaming the streets in the center of the Egyptian capital.
Thousands of people on social media posted videos of demonstrations in a number of Egyptian cities on Friday, including large crowds that disrupted traffic in Alexandria, Mahalla and Damietta in the Nile Delta and Suez.
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