8 killed, 476 injured in Egypt protests

8 killed, 476 injured in Egypt protests
# 26 January 2013 07:36 (UTC +04:00)

Eight of the dead, including a policeman, were shot dead in Suez, and another was shot and killed in the city of Ismailia, medics said. Another 476 people were injured across Egypt, officials said, in unrest on Friday fueled by anger at Morsi and his Islamist allies over what the protesters see as their betrayal of the revolution.

He has called for a national dialogue, and on Saturday he urged his opponents to refrain from violence.

In a message on Twitter, he called on Egyptians "to adhere to the values of the revolution and express opinions freely and peacefully".

Thousands of opponents of Morsi massed on Friday in Cairo's Tahrir Square — the cradle of the revolt against Mubarak — to rekindle the demands of a revolution they say has been hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood, the group from which Morsi emerged.

In Suez, the military deployed armoured vehicles to guard state buildings, witnesses and security sources said, as symbols of government were targeted across the country.

Street battles erupted in cities including Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and Port Said. Arsonists attacked at least two state-owned buildings. An office used by the Muslim Brotherhood's political party was also torched.

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