Anti-Coup Protesters Arrested in Cairo

By Wail Gzoly

 

Scuffles and gunshots rang out in Ramses Square on Saturday as police arrested Muslim Brotherhood members at the al Fatah mosque in central Cairo. Police stormed the mosque after claiming that protesters inside were firing at them from the mosque's minaret. They had been hiding out at the mosque since Friday's “Day of Anger.”

VICE videographer Wail Gzoly, who has been embedded in the middle of the fighting in Cairo, sent us this video. 

Since Wednesday, when Egyptian authorities cleared two sit-ins in Cairo, over 800 people have been killed in increasingly pitched street fighting between armed anti-coup activists and Egypt's police and military. The “Anti-Coup Alliance,” a group opposed to the ousting of former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi, which includes Morsi's party and Muslim Brotherhood members, called for more protests on Sunday—including a march to Roxy Square in central Cairo.
 
On Sunday, four hours after the scheduled sit-in, pro-Morsi protesters were nowhere in sight. On Facebook and Twitter, Muslim Brotherhood leaders cancelled all events scheduled, citing security reasons. 

UPDATE: 


Numerous outlets are reporting that 36 pro-Morsi protesters apprehended at al Fatah mosque later died after trying to stage an escape, according to security forces. No police were injured. According to the Anti-Coup Alliance, 38 detainees were "assassinated in their truck with live ammunition and tear gas fired from windows."
 
Photos by Wail Gzoly. 
 





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Video from the Muslim Brotherhood's "Day of Anger"

Mosques Are Becoming Morgues in Cairo

Death Toll Rises on Egypt's "Day of Anger"

 

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