Originally posted on The Chicago Defender:
Riot police clashed with supporters of Egypt’s former Islamist president across the country on Friday, leaving six dead as the Muslim Brotherhood renewed calls to protest ahead of a key referendum later this month.
Fighting spread through heavily populated residential areas in several cities and provinces including Cairo, Giza, Ismailia, and Alexandria, as hundreds of Brotherhood members and their supporters threw rocks at security forces who responded with water cannons and tear gas.
Black smoke hung in the air as protesters burnt tires and hurled Molotov cocktails and fireworks at black-clad security forces. A number of police vehicles were set on fire and main roads blocked by protesters.
The Health Ministry said that 6 people, including three in Cairo, were killed and more than 40 injured in the protests. A Brotherhood-led alliance said on its Facebook page that the death toll had reached 19.
The Interior Ministry said in…
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