Police accused of excessive force in Port Said and Mansoura
Egyptians carry the body of a person killed in overnight clashes between police and protesters in Egypt's Nile Delta city of Mansura, on Saturday. (Photo: AFP / STR)
Police clashed with protestors in the Egyptian city of Port Said for the second day running, AFP reported on Sunday.
According to a security official, speaking to the news agency, the violence follows a decision from the interior ministry to move 39 prisoners awaiting a verdict over their alleged involvement in a deadly football riot in February 2012.
The interior ministry decided to move the prisoners to avoid unrest in the city. However, the decision has so far backfired.
Protestors reportedly threw petrol bombs and stones at the police station in Port Said, where a general strike entered its third week. Police responded with tear gas.
In January, 21 other defendants in the case were sentenced to death, sparking clashes that killed at least 40 people. The court is expected to reach a verdict for the remaining accused next Saturday.
Elsewhere in Egypt, violence erupted in the Nile Delta city of Mansoura on Saturday, after around 400 protestors gathered outside the local council office.
According to the Interior Ministry, which oversees the country's police force, demonstrators chanted anti-government slogans before they threw firebombs at the building.
One protestor died and dozens were wounded, after police hit back at the demonstrators. According to activists, speaking to AP, one protestor - Hossam Eldin Abdullah Abdelazim - was killed when an armored police vehicle crushed him to death.
Police were accused of using excessive force in both Mansoura and Port Said.
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