March 23 - Several thousand opponents of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood clash with supporters of the Islamist group near its headquarters in Cairo, leaving at least 40 people wounded. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
(ROUGH CUT ONLY - NO REPORTER NARRATION) Several thousand opponents of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood clashed with supporters of the Islamist group near its headquarters in Cairo on Friday (March 22), and at least 40 people were wounded, authorities said. Columns of riot police fired tear gas as the rival groups tussled in the streets around the Brotherhood headquarters. Protesters hurled Molotov cocktails and stones, a witness said. Earlier in the day, Brotherhood supporters had arrived in the vicinity on buses, were showered with stones from the protesters and threw stones back. About 40 people were wounded in the fighting, Health Ministry official Khaled al-Khatib told state news agency MENA. They included a former presidential candidate, liberal Khaled Ali, who was injured in the shoulder, MENA said. The Brotherhood, of which President Mohamed Mursi is a leading member, had vowed on Thursday (March 21) to defend the building. The Interior Ministry urged "revolutionary and political forces" to remain peaceful during the protests, saying in a statement it had sent riot police to protect property. Anti-Brotherhood protesters clashed with police outside the building this week, the latest burst of unrest in a nation still struggling to restore law and order since its 2011 uprising. The police did not appear to have been involved in Friday's clashes between rival groups of demonstrators.