Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets in several cities on Friday to demonstrate against President Mohammed Mursi, while opposition groups slammed his decision to call for parliamentary elections on April 27.
In Port Said hundreds demonstrators called for justice for protesters killed by Egyptian police, as a strike in the Suez Canal city entered its sixth day.
Protesters chanted against President Mursi and his Muslim Brotherhood, while slamming the interior ministry it accuses of having killed at least 40 people in clashes with police last month.
Most factories and government offices were closed during the week, witnesses said, and expected to stay shut after the Muslim weekend of Friday-Saturday.
There were also scattered protests in Alexandria, while a demonstration in Cairo’s Tahrir Square was muted as a sandstorm enveloped the capital.(...)
The National Salvation Front (NSF), which groups a number of parties opposed to the Islamists, said it would hammer out its stand on the elections.