Thousands of demonstrators flooded Al-Shoun square in Al-Mahalla city on Tuesday to protest President Mohamed Morsy’s latest constitutional decree giving him more powers, only for the protesters to face live fire.
“People started chanting against Morsy and the Muslim Brotherhood while in the square which is near the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) headquarter,” said Mohamed Fathi, “suddenly bullets started flying everywhere from the FJP direction.”
Protesters fought with Brotherhood supporters until till they were able to get control over the square and the street again. Molotov cocktails are currently being thrown at the FJP headquarters.
Accounts of injuries have been reported, exact numbers still not available.
FJP spokesman Ahmed Sobie said they are still gathering information on what is happening.
Calls for demonstration have been made by various political groups on Tuesday demanding the dismissal of Morsy’s constitutional decree.