Second night of rare protests in Egypt demand al-Sissi’s ouster

epaselect epa07858289 Egyptian protesters gather in downtown Cairo shouting anti-government slogans during a demonstration in Cairo, Egypt, 21 September 2019. EPA-EFE/STRINGER

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Egypt has seen a second night of clashes and dozens of arrests in rare demonstrations against President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

About 200 demonstrators took to the streets in the port city of Suez demanding his resignation.

Dozens were reportedly arrested and police responded with tear gas.

Hundreds of protesters gathered on Cairo’s Tahrir Square a day earlier demanding the ouster of  al-Sissi. Security forces quickly dispersed the demonstration.

Similar protests took place in other cities around the country.

Such demonstrations are rare after Egypt effectively banned protests under a law passed following the 2013 military ousting of Islamist ex-president Mohamed Morsi.

Witnesses in the Egyptian capital saw some protesters being rounded up amid a heavy security presence, including riot police and plainclothes officers.

Reports indicated that at least 74 people were arrested following the clashes.

 

Via France 24

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