Rioting and Brawls in Tahrir Square
Renewed clashes have erupted in Tahrir Square after pro-Muslim Brotherhood supporters vandalized the stage of Hamdeen Sabbahi's Popular Current, according to the Egyptian newspaper, al Ahram. Anti- Brotherhood protesters entertained a quarrel with them.
“Unknown assailants are firing pellets at protesters in Talat Harb Street from the direction of Tahrir Square” an Ahram Online reporter at the scene told the news room in Egypt.
“Clashes are also still ongoing in the nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Street, with protesters throwing Mototov cocktail and rocks in both locations.” the reporter said.
The majority of protesters consist of loyal backers of President Mohammed Morsi, according to reporters at the scene. As Friday prayers get out, the numbers in the square are beginning to grow into a mob.
According to al Ahram, tens of dozens of protesters are on their way from Cairo University (in a march organized by Hamdeen Sabbahi's Popular Current) to “demand social justice, an independent judiciary and a constitution that represents all Egyptians.”
A preliminary draft of the new constitution was released to the public earlier in the week prompting hot and cold reactions among Egypt’s various incongruent political and religious factions. “But the draft omits two of the most contentious articles, leaving unclear the committee’s position on proposals to put a blasphemy ban in the constitution, as well as on calls to give clerics the responsibility to determine whether legislation abides by sharia, or Islamic law.” wrote the CSMonitor.
A second march by the April 6 Youth Movement (Democratic Front), Revolutionary Socialists and Workers' and Peasants' Party is also making its way towards Tahrir Square from Mustafa Mahmoud Mosque in Mohandiseen.
Other protesters are marching to Tahrir Square from Al-Istikama, Al-Nour, Sayeda Zeinab and Dawran Shubra Square, according to reporters.
The riot is being dubbed as "Accountability Friday" to mark the end of President Mohamed Morsi's first 100-days in office. Other issues being protested are the minimum wage rates paid to Egyptian workers.
Meanwhile, in another part of the country, “Egypt's new Antiquities Minister has reopened the Pyramid of Chefren and six other ancient tombs on the Giza plateau in a bid to bring tourists back to Cairo.” according to the BBC.
(Arutz Sheva’s North American Desk is keeping you updated until the start of Shabbat in New York. The time posted automatically on all Arutz Sheva articles, however, is Israeli time.)