Update: Armed men attempt to storm Port Said prison

Update: Armed men attempt to storm Port Said prison

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Mon, 28/01/2013 - 23:17

Clashes renewed between protesters and police forces across several governorates throughout the day on Monday.

Six armed men on motorbikes opened fire at soldiers securing the Port Said prison on Monday night, said military spokesperson Ahmed Mohamed Ali.

The soldiers fired back at the attackers, who fled the scene. No casualties were reported.

Protesters from several political movements took to the streets in Ismailia on Monday evening, resisting the state of emergency and 9 pm curfew President Mohamed Morsy imposed on Canal Zone cities yesterday.

Participants in the march chanted slogans against Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood supreme guide.

Also defying curfew, in Suez thousands of protesters staged demonstrations at 9 pm, chanting, “The people want to overthrow the regime.”

This evening in Kafr al-Sheikh, security forces fired tear gas onto protesters attempting to break into the municipality headquarters, halting the attempt.

The demonstrators demanded the ouster of Governor Saad al-Husseini, a former MP from the Freedom and Justice Party, who escaped out the back door of the building.

More than 3,000 protesters in Gharbiya attempted to storm the Tanta Court Complex and release 22 political activists who have been detained there for the past three days on charges of inciting riots.

The protesters, including Ultras and members of other political forces, chanted slogans against the Interior Ministry and the Muslim Brotherhood's supreme guide.

Police fired tear gas into the demonstration and clashed with the protesters, injuring five.

The Gharbiya Coalition of Revolutionary Youth demanded that Morsy lift the state of emergency he imposed yesterday on Port Said, Suez and Ismailia.

Earlier in the evening, Black Bloc protesters surrounded the Sharqiya security directorate, engaging in verbal altercations with the police as they blocked surrounding streets and lit tires on fire.

They demanded that Morsy lift the state of emergency and release all protesters arrested during demonstrations marking the second anniversary of the revolution. They threatened to burn the security directorate if their demands weren't met.

Also on Monday evening, an armored police vehicle randomly opened fire on protesters near the Al-Arab police department in Port Said Governorate.

Medical sources said at least seven protesters were injured in the shooting.

Demonstrators in Port Said called for two protests to begin at 9 pm, challenging the month-long curfew Morsy issued for the region yesterday.

Earlier on Monday, a Port Said resident died after being shot in the back during the Al-Arab police department clashes.

Doctors from an emergency hospital in Mounira said the 19-year-old victim, Mohamed al-Sayed Mostafa, had been transferred to their hospital from Port Said to undergo surgery, but passed away before getting to the operation room.

Another 19-year-old protester in the clashes, Ahmed Nagy Ibrahim, was transferred to the same hospital after being shot in the chest. He underwent surgery and was transferred to the intensive care unit.

Eyewitnesses reported that hundreds of protesters had gathered in front of the Al-Arab building by this afternoon, and gunfire was heard in the area. Protesters lit tires on fire at the intersection of Minya Street and Saad Zaghlol Street.

Earlier in the day in Sharqiya, hundreds organized a march to commemorate the 28 January 2011, known as the Friday of Anger. They gathered around the Unknown Soldier memorial and chanted slogans against the Muslim Brotherhood.

The protesters then headed to Morsy’s residence, but were stopped by police. Security Director Mohamed Kamal said peaceful protests are allowed, but assault on public property is not.

In Alexandria, thousands of demonstrators blocked Abu Qir Road, the Corniche and the tramway, calling for Morsy to step down, the dissolution of Prime Minister Hesham Qandil's government, justice for the martyrs of the revolution and the annulment of the Constitution.

The Coalition of Police Officers in Alexandria said that protesters have the right to peaceful demonstration, but that it's the duty of the police to protect public property.

The police would react firmly to any acts that break the law, the coalition said in a statement, adding that citizens must not allow violent infiltrators in demonstrations to drive a wedge between the people and the police.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm