Egypt is 'stable', army reports to Saudi King
The violence outside the Republican Guards' building, where Morsi is being held, confirmed the worst fears of Islamists, who warned this week that they would face renewed violent oppression under the new military-backed regime.
Demonstrators at the scene said they had initially wanted to rescue the former president and escort him back to the presidential palace. But once the protesters – who marched on the site from two different mosques – arrived at around 3pm, they claimed that in fact they stayed back, chanting their support. According to one eyewitness, the shootings began half an hour later, after a man left the crowd, approached a barbed-wire fence protecting the compound – and fixed a Morsi poster to it. "Then he walked back," said Anas Abdel Rahim, a 19-year-old salesman whose hands were covered with blood after a teenager was later shot in his arms.
"Then someone wearing civilian clothes [on the army's side of the line] came to take the poster off the fence. People started shouting. He left it. He went to a soldier. They had a conversation. After the conversation the guy in civilian clothes started shooting."
Following the shots, protesters started running and security officials fired teargas and birdshot into the crowds – many of whom were caught unawares. "They starting shooting, people started running, I was praying, and I got shot," said Ahmed Mohamed, bent over by an ambulance as medics plucked birdshot pellets from his back. Link