Dozens Injured as Pro-Mursi Protesters, Police Clash in Cairo
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Several dozen people were injured after Egyptian police launched tear gas into a crowd of brawling protesters in central Cairo.
Officers reportedly intervened in a fight between locals and pro-Mursi protesters, who tried to block traffic.
Pro-Mursi demonstrators were attempting to block vital main road that runs through the center of the Egyptian capital.
Gas canisters were reportedly fired into a throng of protesters who chanted "peaceful, peaceful" and "the police are thugs," a report by Egyptian Ahramonline website said on Tuesday.
Police allegedly responded after the mob started throwing rocks and molotov cocktails at security forces.
There are reports that security forces also used birdshot against the activists.
Two policemen were injured in scuffles, the report added.
At least 22 protesters have been injured in clashes on the 6th October Bridge and on Ramsis Street, Egyptian Ambulance Organization head Mohamed Sultan said.
Meanwhile, activists reported on Twitter that up to 300 protesters suffered tear gas inhalation.
Egypt’s interior ministry claimed that it had to resolve to using force after activists halted traffic and attacked security forces.