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Protests against Egypt’s president erupt in capital Cairo, some other cities

Egyptian protesters gather in central Cairo shouting anti-government slogans on September 20, 2019. (Photo by Reuters)

Hundreds of Egyptians have held rare protests against President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in capital Cairo and several other cities.

The protests were held in central Cairo and several other Egyptian cities late on Friday with demonstrators shouting anti-government slogans, responding to an online call for a rally against government’s alleged corruption.

Protests have become very rare in Egypt following a widespread crackdown on dissent under Sisi, who took power after ousting Egypt’s first democratically-elected president, Mohamed Morsi, in 2013 through a military coup following mass protests against Morsi’s rule.

Security forces moved to break up the crowds in the capital using tear gas in at least one location. But, according to witnesses and residents, many young people stayed on the streets in central Cairo, shouting “Leave Sisi,” Reuters’ reporters at the scene said.

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.

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