Category: World / October 12, 2012 4:28 PM EDT
Opponents and supporters of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi clashed in Cairo on Friday in the first major incident of street violence between rival factions since the Islamist leader took office. Islamists and their opponents threw stones, bottles, and petrol bombs at one another while some fought with their bare hands, showing feelings still run high between the rival groups trying to shape the new Egypt after decades of autocracy.
Reportedly 110 people sustained injuries as a result of the clashes. Two buses which had been used by the Muslim brotherhood were also set alight. Many of the thousands who gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday were also angry at this week’s court ruling that acquitted former officials charged with ordering a camel and horseback charge on protestors in the uprising that ousted Mubarak.
But even before that ruling, Mursi’s opponents had called for a protest against what they say is his failure to deliver on his promises for his first 100 days in office. There was no intervention by police who have been the target of protestors’ anger in the past due to their brutality against demonstrators in the last year’s revolt.