Four detained in Alexandria for alleged assault of 24 August protesters

The public prosecution in Alexandria detained Friday four people accused of assaulting anti-Muslim Brotherhood protesters at the north military region in Alexandria on 24 August.

The suspects are between 25 and 35 years of age. The prosecution accused the defendants of attacking peaceful protesters using firearms and bladed weapons and harming public property. A number of protesters were injured and cars were damaged on the day of the protest.

The prosecution received eight complaints from injured protesters and car owners accusing the Muslim Brotherhood, the Freedom and Justice Party, President Mohamed Morsy and Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin of being responsible for their losses.

Clashes took place between protesters and others carrying knives and stones in front of the northern military region on 24 August. The demonstrators were taking part in a protest against the Muslim Brotherhood called for by former MP Mohamed Abou Hamed.

The FJP denied in a statement issued last Friday that it had links to the incident and said that the northern military region was attacked by about 100 thugs that have nothing to do with the Brotherhood or the party. The statement stressed the FJP’s respect for the freedom of peaceful expression.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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