Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

26 November 2012

Egypt Arrests 329 in Mohamed Mahmoud Scuffles

Egypt has arrested 329 "troublemakers" in scuffles between police and protesters, a security source said on Monday, adding that legal measures are being taken against the defendants.

One-hundred and ninety nine security forces members have been injured in the ongoing clashes, reported the Middle East News Agency.

Clashes erupted on Monday evening following a demonstration to commemorate last November's "Mohamed Mahmoud events" where over 40 people were killed.

The police-civilian violence escalated on Friday following demonstrations held against President Mohamed Mursi's constitutional decree announced on Thursday.

The decree, which expanded the president's powers, was met with outrage from his opposition and wide support from his supporters.

Liberal forces have called for mass protests on Tuesday in Tahrir Square to express outrage against the decree while Mursi's supporters also called for demonstrations to express their approval.

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