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Egypt: Protests and clashes begin on the second day



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Media Signature Sally Nabil of the BBC says demonstrators on Tahrir Square in Cairo are undaunted by Abdul Fattah al-Sisi.

About 200 protesters took to the streets in the port city of Suez and demanded his resignation.

There were reports of dozens arrested and police reacted with tear gas.

The protests that also took place on Friday in Tahrir Square, Cairo, are a response to allegations of corruption against the government of President Sisi.

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Mr Sisi dismissed the allegations as "lying and slander".

Why do Egyptians protest?

Protests were extremely rare under President Sisi, who took power in 2014 after leading the military overthrow of Egypt's first democratically elected President Mohammed Morsi.

However, the trouble has spread since the posting of an Egyptian businessman and actor, Mohamed Ali, a series of online videos in which the country's leader is accused of wasting millions on luxury residences and hotels, while millions of Egyptians in Poverty lived.

Egypt has pursued a policy of economic austerity in recent years.

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Demonstrators demanded the resignation of President Sisi in Cairo on Friday

Hundreds filled Tahrir Square – an important site of the 2011 Egyptian uprising – on late Friday and proclaimed "Sisi" while demonstrations were also taking place elsewhere in the country.

At least 74 people were arrested, AFP reported. There is no official confirmation.

What happened on Saturday?

Around 200 Egyptians took to the streets in Suez, where protests had also taken place on Friday.

There were clashes with police firing tear gas and arresting dozens of demonstrators.

"There were about 200 people. They (security forces) fired tear gas, rubber and sharp bullets and there were injuries." One man, who participated in the protests but refused to be named, told AFP.

Social media videos show demonstrators calling President Sisi the "enemy of God." On Saturday, Mr. Ali raised the stakes and called on the Egyptians to join a "million march" next Friday and occupy all of the country's "big squares."


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