Violence Erupts In Tahir Square Pro-Muslim Brotherhood/Morsi Supporters Attack Protesting Opponents [Video]
Gee, who didn’t see this coming… besides Obama, progs wearing blinders and clueless RINO’s?
CAIRO (AP) â€”For the first time since Egyptâ€™s new Islamist president took office, his supporters clashed with liberal and leftist protesters in Cairo, storming a stage erected by the opposition activists, smashing loudspeakers and tearing the structure down during competing rallies Friday [Oct. 12, 2012]
The mass demonstration, â€œAccountability Friday,â€ was organized by more than 21 political groups against what they claimed was President Mohammed Morsiâ€™s failure to fulfill his promises for social justice and democratic reforms. Clashes erupted between pro-Muslim Brotherhood activists and their opponents.
Demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails into the crowd. The BBC reported on Twitter that its news crew had to leave the scene because â€œthere was so much stone throwing.â€ Other local activists stated that at least 40 were injured, and that women were fighting with clerics for their right to attend the rally.
Friday evening, Egyptâ€™s Al-Ahram reported that hundreds were hospitalized after the protests, and that the Muslim Brotherhood was â€œwidely blamed for the chaos,â€ but that the group denied responsibility.
Egyptians are struggling with a plunging economy, deteriorating security and disputes over the writing of the countryâ€™s new constitution. They were also stunned by a verdict earlier this week that acquitted 25 Mubarak loyalists on charges of manslaughter and attempted murder during last yearâ€™s revolt.
Liberal and leftist groups had called Fridayâ€™s protest to demand more action from Morsi after his first 100 days in office. The liberals also want greater diversity on the panel tasked with writing Egyptâ€™s new constitution, which has been packed with Islamists, including members of Morsiâ€™s fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.
Arab Spring Egypt StyleÂ – Take Two?