Egypt anti-coup rally held in Tahrir Square

Anti-military protesters have demonstrated in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the first time since the army forced Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi from office in July following mass protests against his leadership.

Around 100 protesters gathered in the square on Tuesday, chanting “down with military rule!”

Limited skirmishes erupted between the protesters and local residents and street vendors when the anti-coup march reached the square.

Police arrived at the scene to separate the two parties from each other. No injuries were reported.

Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Cairo, who is not being named for security reasons, said that the protest was “symbolic and significant”, since the demonstrators had never previously tried to go to the site of the famous protests that led to the toppling of both former presidents Hosni Mubarak and Morsi.

Protests against the military, led by supporters of Morsi’s Muslim Brotherhood, have been held in cities across Egypt since the military seized power on July 3.

Source: Al Jazeera and agencies

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