Families of dead and detained protesters demonstrate

Around 100 family members of two protesters who were shot dead Tuesday and another who later died from injuries staged a demonstration in Suez, east of Cairo.

The families gathered in front of the morgue where the corpses of their sons had been taken. They refused to receive their bodies until checked by a medical examiner, despite police and members of the ruling National Democratic Party reportedly urging the families to accept the corpses for burial.

The three men were killed in Suez during the Tuesday protests organized by the 6 April opposition movement via Facebook.  Two of twere killed immediately, while the third, Gharib Abdel Aziz, 45, died on Wednesday morning.

Egyptian security forces resorted to using violence against the protesters during the Day of Anger demonstrations, employing rubber bullets and tear gas after failing to disperse them with water cannons.

Medical sources say 130 protesters were injured in Suez on Tuesday night after riot police responded with force.

Meanwhile in Mansoura in the Daqahlia governorate north of Cairo, families of detained protestors also demonstrated in front of a central security camp, demanding the detainees’ release on Tuesday.

Around 50 protesters, including three lawyers, were detained after protesting in front of the Daqahlia Governorate building during nationwide protests calling for political and economic reform. They were taken to the central security compound in Sandoub district.

The families and another 30 lawyers, led by the local Lawyers Syndicate chief, Moheb al-Mekkawi, later called for their release, chanting “freedom”  and “We are not moving away.”

“The [three arrested] lawyers were released at a late hour after negotiations with security officials, who refused to release the young protesters, saying they will be referred to the prosecution,” al-Mekkawi said.

He said the syndicate will form a commission to defend the detainees.

Security sources said the detainees violated the law and will face charges of rioting, disturbing public order, and resisting authorities.

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