Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi clashed in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Friday in the first street violence since Egypt's new Islamist leader took office this year.was also the first time supporters of President Mohamed Morsi have used violence against his opponents .
Protests in Cairo's Tahrir Square began peacefully on Friday morning as Liberal and leftist groups had called Friday's protest to demand more action from Morsi after his first 100 days in office and were angry at this week's court ruling that acquitted former officials charged with ordering hundreds of hired thugs some of whom were mounted on camels and horses, attacked peaceful demonstrators in Tahrir Square. Twenty-six people were killed in the ensuing clashes in the uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak last year.
By afternoon, fighting began,Islamists and their opponents threw stones, bottles and and Molotov cocktails, and some fought hand-to-hand and protesters set fire to two buses that had transported members of the president’s political party to the square. But at 6 p.m., the Brotherhood ordered its members to leave the square, only their opponents remained, and the clashes ended.
The Egyptian Ministry of Health said 110 people had sustained light to moderate injuries in Tahrir Square, the spot of the uprising that toppled formerearly last year.
"We went to protest against the constituent assembly and Mursi's failure in his 100 days, and Islamists prevented us and are now controlling the square," said Islam Wagdy, 19, a member of a group set up by leftist politician Hamdeen Sabahy.
Morsi during his election campaign promised to punish the killers of about 850 protesters were killed during the uprising but the criminal courts continued to issue acquittals of police officers accused of killing.
Meanwhile the Cairo Criminal Court acquitted on Wednesday,24 senior officials including in the Mubarak era accused of masterminding the attack on the participants in the uprising in Tahrir Square before dropping the former president, sparking public outrage.
The Mursi has won grudging respect due to many of the political decision issued in August transmit the head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi and his deputy, Sami Annan team to retirement and the abolition of constitutional declaration complementary junta was issued to reduce the powers of the head of state.
But many Egyptians have high expectations after the revolution, say Mursi has not done anything at home, failing to deliver on promises for his first 100 days such as cleaning up cities and getting traffic moving in Egypt's congested streets.
Egypt's president removed the general prosecutor from his post and hired him as ambassador to the Holy See on Thursday in an apparent attempt to appease demonstrators who accused him of offering weak evidence in a trial of Mubarak-era officials accused of planning attacks on protesters last year.
"There should be a cleansing of the judiciary right away after the dismissal of the prosecutor general, so that there will be retribution for the blood of the martyrs who died for the revolution from the 25th of January up until the parliament incident," One Morsi supporter said.
MENA state news agency said The prosecutor, Abdel Meguid Mahmoud, said in a statement Thursday night that "said he did not resign from his post as General Prosecutor and that he will still carry out the duties according to the law of judicial authority".
General Prosecutor Abdel Maguid Mahmoud, appointed in July 2006, was among officials who drew the wrath of protesters after the fall of Hosni Mubarak on February 11, 2011. Many Egyptians believe Abdel Maguid Mahmoud was not independent figure and see him as gave great support to Mubarak and his senior officials .
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