At least 29 people died Saturday in clashes involving opposition demonstrators, government supporters and the police in different parts of Egypt on the third anniversary of the start of a 2011 uprising that toppled strongman Hosni Mubarak.
Health Ministry spokesman Ahmed Kamel announced the death toll in a statement on state television, saying that another 167 people have been wounded in the clashes. Saturday's bloodshed comes on top of the five people who were killed Friday and the 88 who were wounded.
Saturday's killings occurred in the provinces of Cairo, Guiza that neighbors the capital, Alexandria in the north and Minya in the south, Kamel said.
Egyptian riot police dispersed Saturday a number of protests by the Muslim Brotherhood and their Islamist allies at different points around Cairo, security sources told Efe.
They also repressed marches organized by revolutionary activists, such as the one called by the April 6 movement and the Journalists Union in the capital.
Against the protests of Islamists and activists, thousands of demonstrators gathered in the iconic Tahrir Square, protected by strong security measures, in response to the authorities' call to celebrate the third anniversary of the uprising that toppled Mubarak. EFE