Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

27 November 2012

Egypt Arrests 348 in Cairo Police Confrontations

Egypt has arrested 348 people in scuffles between police and protesters, head of Cairo security said on Tuesday, adding that convicts and ex-convicts were among the defendants.

Osama al-Sagheer told Aswat Masriya that two-hundred and sixteen security forces members have been injured in the ongoing clashes, some of them by birdshots.

Clashes erupted last week 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 a decree issued by President Mohamed Mursi.

Mursi issued a constitutional decree on Thursday expanding his powers and shielding his decisions from judicial review.

The decree was met with outrage from his opposition and wide support from his supporters.

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