13 shot dead as Morsi supporters clash with police
Thirteen people were shot dead as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood clashed with police across Egypt, defying an ever-widening state crackdown on the movement that ruled the country until six months ago.
Islamists opposed to the army's overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi in July have been holding daily demonstrations, even since the army-backed government declared his Brotherhood a terrorist group last week, increasing the penalties for dissent.
The government is using the new classification to detain hundreds of Brotherhood supporters. Thousands more have been in jail for months, arrested in the aftermath of the army takeover.
The crackdown has reduced, but not entirely broken, the ability of the Brotherhood to mobilise protests. It has lately been relying on students to sustain momentum against what it refers to as the "putschist regime" governing Egypt.
In the Cairo district of Nasr City yesterday, riot police in bulletproof vests fired teargas at protesters throwing fireworks and stones.