Egyptians commemorated the start of the country’s revolution three years ago with a large rally in Cairo Saturday, featuring traditional music, dancing horses and military fanfare, while surrounding streets and other provinces were in turmoil as violent clashes marked a bloody anniversary.
In Cairo’s Tahrir Square, thousands of pro-military demonstrators supporting army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah el Sissi chanted “execution of the Brotherhood,” turning on anyone suspected of pro-Muslim Brotherhood leanings, reports the Associated Press. Journalists were attacked, and a crowd was seen beating a woman in a conservative headscarf, even as men in the square carried pictures of el-Sissi dressed in civilian clothes and patriotic songs played across the square.
At least 25 people were killed in clashes around Egypt and in the capital as police descended on protests held in support of Brotherhood leader Mohammad Morsi. Nine people were wounded when a car bomb exploded in the city of Suez.