Egypt police warn Islamist protestersAgence France-Presse . Cairo
Egypt’s interior ministry on Saturday issued a tough new warning to Islamist protesters, pledging to crack down hard if demonstrators block roads or obstruct traffic.
The warning came a month to the day after troops swept aside two Islamist protest camps in a deadly crackdown slammed by rights groups.
It also came a day after thousands of protesters rallied in Cairo against the military’s July 3 overthrow of the Islamist president, Mohamed Morsi.
The ministry accused the protesters of committing ‘many crimes’ such as blocking traffic and ‘kidnapping journalists and confiscating their equipment’.
‘The ministry affirms that it will confront with utmost decisiveness practices such as blocking roads or obstructing traffic or threatening the security of citizens,’ it warned.
Hundreds of people have been killed and more than 2,000 arrested in the crackdown on Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood movement since August 14, when police forcibly dispersed two protest camps.
The Islamists have continued to call weekly rallies, insisting that they are committed to peaceful protest.
On Saturday, roughly 200 protesters in Cairo marched near Rabaa al-Adawiya square which was the site of the main protest camp dispersed a month ago.
Hundreds were killed in the operation to clear the camp and another Cairo sit-in, in what Human Rights Watch described as ‘most serious incident of mass unlawful killings in modern Egyptian history’.
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