ASIA NEWS IT REPORT
It is the second anniversary of the Jasmine Revolution.
The most serious clashes in Suez, where the army blocked the entrance to the
channel. President Mohamed Morsi threatens to use an iron fist against the
perpetrators of violence. Port Said in flames after the verdict on the massacre
of supporters of the February 2, 2012. Police barracks
Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The toll from riots marking the Egyptian
Jasmine Revolution now stands at 12 dead and nearly 500 people injured.
Yesterday, hundreds of thousands of people protested in major Egyptian cities -
Cairo, Alexandria, Assuit, Port Said, Suez, Sharqiya, Kafr al-Sheikh - calling
for the end of the Islamist establishment and a true democracy. The most serious
clashes took place in Suez, where eight people were killed. Later in the evening
the army blocked the city, deploying troops to the channel.
According to witnesses, the police fired first rubber bullets, then live
ammunition into a crowd trying to break into the headquarters of the regional
governor. Among the victims: a woman, a boy of 15 and two policemen. Violent
clashes also took place in Cairo, Alexandria, Ismailiya. In the capital, police
and demonstrators clashed near Tahrir Square. Police did not even spare the
religious buildings as they chased protesters, which remained open to provide
shelter and care for the wounded.
A Qasr al-Aini street, police fired tear gas into the local evangelical
church, poisoning many people. "The police targeted the church - says Nermeen a
young protester - they shot down six candelabras in the nave, where we were
taking care of many affected by smoke inhalation from tear gas." In Ismailiya
(Suez), the demonstrators set fire to the local headquarters of the Freedom and
Justice Party (PLJ), of the Muslim Brotherhood, invading the seat of the
government. Public buildings were attacked in Damietta (Nile Delta) and Kafr
el-Sheikh (Red Sea).
In a short message to the nation published on Facebook and Twitter, President
Mohamed Morsi has vowed to "restore order in a country divided by political
unrest." The Islamist leader has threatened to use an iron fist against the
perpetrators of violence: "The security forces will pursue them all over the
country to bring them to justice. They are doing their best to protect and
ensure the peaceful demonstrations."
Meanwhile, the court of Port Said sentenced 21 of the 73 accused in the
massacre of February 2, 2012, during the post-match clashes between the fans of
the local team Al-Masry al-Alhawy and Cairo. The invasion was caused by the
pitch invasion by hooligans from Al-Masry. This morning, hundreds of ultras of
the local team and family members of prisoners raided some police stations. The
partial toll is 11 dead, dozens injured, but there are fears of new clashes in
the coming hours.
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