Nine people killed by gunfire in Egyptian city of Suez - UPDATED

Nine people killed by gunfire in Egyptian city of Suez - <span style="color: red;">UPDATED
# 26 January 2013 04:21 (UTC +04:00)

Seven protesters and two policemen were shot dead on Friday, which was the second anniversary of the beginning of the revolution that toppled former president Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian government officials said another 280 civilians and 55 members of the security forces were injured in anti-government demonstrations across the country.

Thousands of Egyptians staged demonstrations in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Port Said, and many other cities and towns to call on President Mohamed Morsi, who took office in June 2012, to fulfill his election promises.

The protesters demanded that Morsi provide them with a pay rise, official contracts, and better working conditions.

The Egyptians launched the revolution against the pro-Israeli regime on January 25, 2011, which eventually brought an end to the 30-year dictatorship of Mubarak on February 11, 2011.

Police clashed with the protesters in Cairo, Alexandria, Suez, Port Said, Giza, Ismailia, Damietta, and Kafr el-Sheikh.

Many activists also chanted slogans criticizing Morsi and accusing him of acting too slowly to meet their demands.

The Egyptian president recently came under fire from leftist groups and young revolutionaries for requesting a $4.8 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund. They say such a loan could make Egyptians poorer.

"Our revolution is continuing. We reject the domination of any party over this state. We say no to the Brotherhood state," leftist protester Hamdeen Sabahy said.