Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood clashed in Cairo after anti-government demonstrations.
The two sides threw stones at each other in streets around the organization’s headquarters in the capital’s Mokattam district, the state-run website Ahram Gate reported. About 40 people were wounded and buses used by Brotherhood members were burned, Al Arabiya television reported. Video footage showed a front line forming between riot police guarding the building and protesters.
While marching toward the Brotherhood’s headquarters, demonstrators stormed one of its offices in the El Manial district, about six kilometers (3.7 miles) away, Ahram Gate said.
The protests were organized by 21 parties and activist groups under the slogan “Down with the rule of the Supreme Guide.” Secularist and youth activists say Mohammed Badie, the Brotherhood’s top official who’s known as the Supreme Guide, is running the country behind the scenes.
Mursi is facing mounting criticism and regular protests, as critics charge him with defending Islamist interests while failing to revive the economy or combat a crime wave.
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