CAIRO (AP) — Tens of thousands of protesters and Muslim Brotherhood supporters have been rallying today throughout Egypt against a military coup and a bloody security crackdown. But tanks and armored police vehicles have kept them from converging in major squares.
The protests appeared smaller than the mass demonstrations that were seen in previous weeks, even though the Brotherhood had pushed for "decisive" rallies across the country after Friday prayers.
The largest protest in the capital, Cairo, had more than 10,000 participants. Thousands gathered in other cities, with smaller protests drawing hundreds, including many women and children.
The protesters marched through the streets chanting slogans against the country's army chief, who led the coup last month that toppled President Mohammed Morsi, a longtime leader of the Brotherhood.
Many of today's protesters weren't Brotherhood members. Some said they were seeking justice for relatives killed by security forces this month, or protesting the way Morsi was removed from power.
In the Mediterranean city of Port Said (sy-EED'), security officials say one person was killed in clashes. The Brotherhood says a protester was shot and killed in a Nile Delta city.
APPHOTO KH106: Egyptian police stand guard at an entrance to Sphinx Square in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. Several thousand people heeded calls by the Muslim Brotherhood and protested Friday throughout Cairo and other cities against a coup and deadly crackdown as the police and army blocked key roads and beefed up security. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) (30 Aug 2013)
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APPHOTO CAI110: People show a hand gesture of their open palms with four raised fingers during a protest in Beni Sueif, south of Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Aug. 30, 2013. The gesture became a symbol for the main sit-in of supporters of Egypt's ousted President Mohammed Morsi near the Rabaah al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo. The sit-in was violently disbanded. Several thousand people heeded calls by the Muslim Brotherhood and protested Friday throughout Cairo and other cities against a coup and deadly crackdown as the police and army blocked key roads and beefed up security. (AP Photo/Sabry Khaled, El-Shorouk) EGYPT OUT (30 Aug 2013)
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