Egypt: Salafis sit-in attacked, deaths and over 100 injured

At least 7 killed; armed groups attack at dawn

02 May, 10:41

A Salafis demonstrationin Cairo A Salafis demonstrationin Cairo

(ANSAmed) - CAIRO - At least 7 protestors were killed and over 100 injured in the clashes this morning in Cairo, when armed groups attacked a sit-in of Salafis near the Defence Ministry, according to the BBC. The state-run TV reported that the clashes occurred between demonstrators who had been taking part in a sit-in since Friday in front of the Defence Ministry and unidentified attackers. In reality, other clashes had previously occurred over the past few days, sparked by the 'baltageya', petty criminals almost always paid by private individuals or even the police to spark public disorder.

Salafis (ultra-conservative Islamists) are demanding above all that the military council step down, which has been in power since Hosni Mubarak was ousted on February 11 2011, and that its members be put on trial for the ''crimes committed'' since it took the reins the country. A similar demand has been made as concerns the members of the election commission, as well as the resignation of the government under Kamal El Ganzouri.

(ANSAmed).

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