Clashes in Cairo between supporters and opponents of Egypt’s President Mursi have left well over a hundred people injured.
Fighting began during the day and continued into Friday evening. Tension spilled over after Islamists and liberals held separate protests in Tahrir Square.
Stones, bottles and petrol bombs were thrown, and there was some hand-to-hand fighting. At least two buses were set on fire. Witnesses said they had been used by the Muslim Brotherhood to bring in supporters.
Yet both sides had been united in anger at a court ruling acquitting officials from the Mubarak era. They were found not guilty of ordering a camel charge against demonstrators in last year’s uprising.
The decision prompted the new president to try
to sack the prosecutor-general.
“There should be a cleansing of the judiciary right away after the prosecutor-general’s dismissal, in revenge for the blood of the martyrs who died for the revolution,” said one demonstrator.
“We should be somewhat patient with the president. Other than that, we just want justice for the revolutionaries. The people who died need to have their rights given to them. We have to cleanse the judiciary,” another man said.
Friday’s clashes were far smaller in scale than the events that led up to Hosni Mubarak’s overthrow.
But 100 days into President Mursi’s term in office, tension is high as rival groups vie for influence in the new Egypt.