Members of the Muslim Brotherhood protest in Cairo
Members of the Muslim Brotherhood and supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi protest in Cairo, August 30, 2013. Photo by Reuters
Text size
related tags

Three people were killed and 36 injured in clashes across Egypt on Friday, as thousands of supporters of ousted president Mohammed Morsi took to the streets to protest against the military-backed government.

Two policemen were killed in Cairo and a civilian died in the coastal city of Port Said, the Health Ministry said.

In Cairo's upscale neighborhood of Mohandiseen, protesters burnt tyres in the streets to separate them from troops and police forces deployed in the area, according to footage on state television.

In Port Said, clashes erupted between Morsi's supporters and opponents.
The protests were the biggest by Morsi's supporters, after a disappointing turnout on Islamist protests last Friday.

The protests came one day after two top Brotherhood officials were arrested. They were among the few prominent leaders of the Islamist group to remain at large after authorities dispersed pro-Morsi sit-ins in Cairo two weeks ago, killing hundreds.

Morsi was deposed by military chief Abdel-Fattah al-Sissi on July 3, after millions took to the streets calling for Egypt's first democratically elected president to go.

Islamists accuse the military of staging a coup aimed to restore the regime of Hosni Mubarak, ousted after the 2011 uprising. Liberal and leftist forces, who are serving in an interim government, say that Morsi ruled in an authoritarian manner and was ineffective in addressing a faltering economy and a security vacuum.