Thousands of Egyptians join anti-Sisi protests across country
Hundreds of protesters gathered in Cairo and other Egyptian cities shouting anti-government slogans, responding to an online call for demonstrations against government corruption.
Protests have become very rare in Egypt following a broad crackdown on dissent under President Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, who took power after he led the military’s overthrow of Mohamed Mursi in 2013, following mass protests against his rule.
Security forces moved to disperse the crowds in Cairo using tear gas in at least one location. But many young people stayed on the streets in the centre of the capital, shouting “Leave Sisi”.
There was a heavy security presence in downtown Cairo and on Tahrir Square where mass protests started in 2011 which toppled veteran ruler Hosni Mubarak.
Demonstrations were also reported in Alexandria, Egypt’s second-largest city, as well as Suez.
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