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19 reported injured in Alexandria clashes

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Fighting has erupted again in Alexandria between supporters of President Mohamed Morsy and their opponents, only shortly after police had brought an earlier round of clashes under control.

Nineteen people have been wounded in the clashes so far, said ambulance authority head Mohamed Sultan. Six were taken to the hospital, and 13 received medical attention on site, he said. Three cars were also set ablaze during the fighting.

Fighting first broke out after Friday prayers when hundreds staged a protest outside the Leader Ibrahim Mosque against the constitutional referendum. Protesters said Morsy’s insistence on holding the referendum before reaching national consensus on the draft was a “challenge to the people’s will.”

Protesters chanted: "The people want to bring down the regime," and "I am not an infidel, down with the rule of the supreme guide,” referring to Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie.

They raised banners that read: "The people want to try Morsy," "The revolution continues," and "The Constituent Assembly is void, and the constitution is sectarian."

The protesters distributed leaflets that rejected the constitution draft. The leaflets included 10 articles labeled as "mines,” saying that to have such a constitution after the revolution was a "disaster."

"[These articles] suppress freedoms and give absolute powers to the president," the leaflets read. It added that the draft constitution does not protect social rights because it does not commit the government to achieve social welfare, equality, social justice and a fair distribution of income.

However, a pro-Morsy atmosphere reigned inside the mosque where the Friday prayers were held.

Preacher Ahmed al-Mahallawy said: "The media deceives citizens and claims that the majority are against the president, and that President Mohamed Morsy has but few days in power, after which he will leave."

Source: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/up ... ia-clashes


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