CAIRO -- The death toll in Saturday’s clashes on the third anniversary of Egypt’s democratic uprising climbed to 49, with nearly 250 injured, the Health Ministry said Sunday, making it the most violent day in four months.
Saturday was largely given over to state-sanctioned expressions of devotion to army chief Gen. Abdel-Fattah Sisi. But police dealt harshly with marches by his opponents -- either supporters of deposed Islamist President
The Interior Ministry said more than 1,000 arrests were made across the country -- again, the highest in months. The last bout of street violence on this scale was on Oct. 6, when a holiday celebrating the Egyptian military brought rival demonstrators into the street. More than 50 people were killed that day.
Political violence in Egypt has surged in the seven months since Morsi was removed by the army after huge
Secularists have also been the target of a recent wave of arrests that has swept up academics, filmmakers, activists and journalists.