‘Day of Rage’: Tear gas in Cairo as thousands rally to mark April 6 group anniversary

Published time: April 06, 2013 18:48
Edited time: April 07, 2013 03:26                                                  

Thousands of protesters have joined the Cairo rally marking the birth of the 6 April movement, whilst also expressing their“dissent” against Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi’s latest moves.

The annual march which began in a jubilant mood, in Giza’s Mohandeseen neighborhood, south of the capital, grew tense after reaching the prosecutor-general’s office in downtown Cairo.

According to Ahram Online, a number of protesters started banging on the doors of the High Court, where the prosecutor-general’s office is located, whilst some hurled fireworks at the building’s windows. The High Court security retaliated by firing “huge volleys of teargas” from inside the building.

Police arriving at the scene also employed teargas, as well as armored vehicles, to separate the crowds of protesters from the High Court building and block the nearest street intersection.

Egyptian supporters of the April 6 movement light flares while shouting slogans against the president and the Muslim brotherhood during a demonstration outside the Superior Court building in Cairo on April 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)


Following clashes, the April 6 Youth Movement was quick to issue a statement condemning the security forces for firing teargas.

“The regime’s ministry of interior responded to chants with teargas and birdshot,” said the statement published on the movement’s official Facebook page, also accusing the ministry of“prostituting for every regime.”
According to journalist Tom Dale, clashes have also erupted in the town of Mahalla – the birthplace of the April 6 movement, where on that day in 2008, a workers’ protest about food prices and low wages was met with aggression from police, turning it into the largest anti-regime protest in the 30 years Hosni Mubarak was in power.
Initially, the leader of the movement, Ahmed Maher, had supported the overthrow of Mubarak’s military rule and tried to help current regime’s cause in any way, but after seeing that the 2011 uprising failed to bring about the change the movement was looking for, switched sides.
“We supported President Morsi when he ran for presidency. Now, after he issued his constitutional declaration, rammed through a new constitution and failed to meet the goals of the revolution we have joined the ranks of the opposition,” Maher told Ahram.
Dale, who is currently at the scene in Cairo, has been relaying the latest to RT:
“Once again, an unarmed peaceful demonstration is being fired upon. Once again there are complaints that the Interior Ministry and the security services are brutal and unreformed. And, once again, the food prices are rising while the wages remain stagnant. And in that context, this is just the latest sign of the growing polarization between Mohamed Morsi’s Islamist-led government and the opposition on the streets.”

An Egyptian supporter of the April 6 movement is carried by protesters as he shouts slogans against the president and the Muslim brotherhood during a demonstration outside the Superior Court building in Cairo on April 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)
An Egyptian supporter of the April 6 movement is carried by protesters as he shouts slogans against the president and the Muslim brotherhood during a demonstration outside the Superior Court building in Cairo on April 6, 2013.(AFP Photo / Gianluigi Guercia)

A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
A protester opposing Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

An anti-Mursi protester stands with the national flag and shouts slogan near a fire by protesters and tear gas released by riot police during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)
An anti-Mursi protester stands with the national flag and shouts slogan near a fire by protesters and tear gas released by riot police during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

Riot police fire rubber bullets at protesters against Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi during clashes in front of the High Court in Cairo April 6, 2013.(Reuters / Amr Abdallah Dalsh)

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