Islamists and secularists clash in Cairo, two demos in Tahrir

Lliberals demand new Constitutional Assembly

12 October, 15:49

(ANSAmed) - Rome - Secularist and Islamic demonstrators clashed in a major public square of downtown Cairo on Friday. On one side were liberals demanding constitutional reform, on the other were Muslim Brotherhood supporters demanding justice in a 2011 attack on anti-regime protesters.

The two groups came to blows after some lay demonstrators began shouting slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood, reported Egyptian news agency Mena. Supporters of the Brotherhood also attacked a stage prepared by the liberals and burned a banner calling for a new constitutional assembly, reported the daily Al Ahram on its website.

The leftwing and liberal demonstrators organized their demonstration today to mark the end of the first 100 days of President Morsi's rule, and to call for a more representative constitution. The Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic organizations continue a protest, begun Thursday, to condemn the acquittal of two dozen loyalists of deposed president Hosni Mubarak accused of organizing the "camel battle" in Tahrir Square on February 2, 2011.

On that day, assailants on horses and camels charged into crowds of anti-regime protesters, creating mayhem that degenerated into a battle lasting two days.

The accused were being released from prison, according to the news agency, as has been Egypt's former speaker of the assembly, Ahmad Fathi Sorour. (ANSAmed).

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