Prosecutors order 28 detained in Mahalla clashes

The East Tanta Prosecution in Gharbiya has detained 28 people involved in clashes Friday in the city of Mahalla for 15 days, pending investigations.

The clashes between protesters and security forces came amid protests demanding that members of President Mohamed Morsy’s administration be prosecuted.

Police had regained control of Mahalla’s Shewan Square Sunday, as well as the area around the city police station, after protesters had thrown Molotovs and stones at the building throughout the weekend, forcing nearby businesses to close.

Trains between Tanta and Mansoura also resumed late Saturday after protesters burned tires and blocked railways with boulders for one hour. Local residents eventually convinced the protesters to reopen the railways.

The protests have demanded that Morsy resign and face trial over the deaths of protesters during demonstrations marking the second anniversary of the 2011 revolution in January.

Edited translation from MENA

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