Renewed clashes between pro-Morsi supporters, police in Egypt's Sharqiya
Clashes erupted on Tuesday between supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi and security forces in the town of Belbeis, located in the Nile Delta governorate of Sharqiya, Al-Ahram's Arabic website reported.
Security forces fired tear gas to disperse the pro-Morsi demonstrators, who reportedly torched a police car and left a Central Security Forces (CSF) conscript injured from the clashes, according to Al-Ahram.
Morsi's supporters have been engaged in near-daily protests since his ouster last July, demanding his reinstatement.
The two main pro-Morsi camps in Cairo were forcefully dispersed by security forces last August, leaving hundreds killed. A security crackdown against supporters of the Islamist movement soon followed, with thousands of Brotherhood supporters rounded up by police and arrested. Leaders of the group, officially deemed a terrorist organisation by the Egyptian government in December, have been put on trial for a variety of charges and had their assets frozen.
Violence has continued to erupt between Morsi supporters and security forces, despite a protest law passed by the interim government last November banning demonstrations not pre-approved by authorities.
On 14 and 15 January Egypt voted in a referendum for an amended version of the 2012 constitution which was drafted by an Islamist-dominated parliament under Morsi's rule.
Passing by an overwhelming majority of the vote, the referendum had been billed by the country's interim authorities as the first step in a political roadmap towards democratic rule following the 3 July ouster of Morsi.
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