Egypt celebrates anniversary of its revolution amidst ‘Anti-social’ element vandalism that resulted in the deaths of 9 of the ‘Vandals’ in the port city of ‘Suez’.
Across Egypt, thousands of people have come out to mark two years since the beginning of mass protests that forced Hosni Mubarak from power.
The demonstrations were largely peaceful, but there has been some violence.
Many say the new government has failed to follow through on its promises.
Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from Cairo.
Violence erupted across Egypt on Friday as tens of thousands took to the streets to deliver an angry backlash against President Mohammed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, demanding regime change on the second anniversary of the revolution that toppled Hosni Mubarak. At least seven people were killed.
Two years to the day after protesters first rose up against the autocratic ex-president, the new phase of Egypt’s upheaval was on display: the struggle between ruling Islamists and their opponents, played out against the backdrop of a worsening economy.
Rallies turned to clashes in multiple cities around Egypt, with police firing tear gas and protesters throwing stones. At least nine people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in Suez, where protesters set ablaze a building that once housed the city’s local government. Another person died in clashes in Ismailia, another Suez Canal city east of Cairo.
At least 480 people were injured nationwide, the Health Ministry said, including five with gunshot wounds in Suez, raising the possibility of a higher death toll.
Early on Saturday, army troops backed by armored vehicles deployed in the area outside the building housing the local government in Suez. The Third Field Army from which the troops were drawn announced that the deployed force was there to protect state institutions and that it was not taking sides.