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13 Die in Egypt Clashes                01/25 12:04

   Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street battles with 
police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary of the 
country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens injured. 
Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting under a 
high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, security officials 
said.


   CAIRO (AP) -- Supporters of Egypt's ousted Islamist President fought street 
battles with police in Cairo and other cities on Sunday, the fourth anniversary 
of the country's 2011 uprising, as clashes left 13 people dead and dozens 
injured. Another two people died when an explosive device they were planting 
under a high-voltage tower in the Nile Delta exploded prematurely, security 
officials said.

   Most of the deaths took place in Cairo's eastern Matariyah district --- an 
Islamist stronghold where police clashed with supporters of the outlawed Muslim 
Brotherhood group. Nine protesters and one police conscript were killed in the 
clashes, the officials said.

   The violence underscored the continued turmoil roiling the Arab world's most 
populous nation four years after the 18-day uprising that toppled autocrat 
Hosni Mubarak. Although small and scattered, Sunday's violence is likely to 
impact negatively on Egypt's image just two months ahead of an international 
donors' conference it will host and in which President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's 
government has high hopes for the ailing economy.

   Two other protesters were killed elsewhere in Cairo, and one in the 
Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, said the officials, who spoke on 
condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

   Two police officers were injured by shrapnel when a roadside bomb exploded 
in an eastern Cairo district and six more were wounded in the Matariyah 
clashes, according to the officials.

   By early evening, debris covered the site of the Matariyah clashes and a 
cloud of tear gas hung over the area, according to Associated Press video 
footage. Several cars were damaged. One was on fire.

   The Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, said a total of 134 
protesters were arrested Sunday nationwide.

   Cairo, a city of some 18 million people, appeared mostly deserted Sunday, 
with many residents staying home to avoid being caught up in any turmoil.

   In Downtown Cairo, el-Sissi supporters clashed with critics of the 
general-turned-politician in pitched street battles. Police later used tear gas 
and birdshots to disperse the president's critics, who fled to side streets.

   The protests and the stepped-up security came as activists mourned the death 
of a female protester shot Saturday in downtown Cairo while taking part in a 
gathering commemorating the nearly 900 protesters killed in the 2011 revolt.

   Activists and her party blame police for the death of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, a 
32-year-old mother of one from Alexandria. The government says it is 
investigating.

   Videos posted online show el-Sabagh, a member of the leftist Popular 
Alliance party, with other protesters carrying placards and chanting "bread, 
freedom and social justice" --- the chief slogan of the 2011 uprising. She and 
others carried wreaths of flowers they intended to place at nearby Tahrir 
Square in memory of the fallen protesters.

   In the videos, two masked, black-clad police officers point their rifles in 
her direction before gunshots ring out. The next frame has her on the ground. 
She is later shown carried by a male protester as blood seeped out of her 
mouth. The videos are consistent with Associated Press reporting on the 
shooting.

   Chanting "down, down with military rule!" hundreds attended her funeral in 
Alexandria on Sunday without incident.

   The prominent Hisham Mubarak Law Center said in a Facebook post that five of 
el-Sabagh's fellow protesters who had given investigators their account of the 
incident were themselves charged with assaulting police and taking part in an 
illegal demonstration.

   There was no immediate confirmation from authorities of the group's claim.

   El-Sabagh's death is the second of a female protester in recent days. 
Islamist Sondos Reda was shot dead during a Friday protest in Alexandria. 
Activists also blame the police.

   El-Sissi's government has shown zero tolerance for street protests since a 
law adopted in 2013 banned all demonstrations without prior permission. Dozens 
of activists have been convicted and jailed for violating the law. A parallel 
crackdown is targeting supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi, 
with thousands from his Muslim Brotherhood group imprisoned or facing trial.

   El-Sissi, who led the 2013 military ouster of Morsi, has been focusing on 
reviving the nation's ailing economy since taking office in May. His public 
comments have openly dismissed calls for greater freedoms and the end of what 
activists see as growing police brutality. El-Sissi says his priorities are 
fixing the economy and battling a simmering Islamist insurgency.

   "You can only deal with terrorism when you have free people, not slaves," 
Elhami el-Mirghani, a senior official in el-Sabagh's political party, told a 
news conference Sunday. "And this regime is the biggest creator of terrorism."

   Sunday's protests were mostly in response to a call for demonstrations made 
by an Islamist coalition opposed to el-Sissi and led by the Brotherhood.

   They came as police sealed off main squares in Cairo, including Tahrir, and 
beefed up security at vital state installations. The measures followed the 
discovery over the past two days of at least 30 roadside bombs in Cairo and a 
string of other cities intended to be detonated Sunday, security officials 
said.  


(KA)


 
 
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