Reporters saw residents and Islamists alike armed. Residents would pull out sticks, handguns and machetes as Morsi supporters protests drew near and Islamists would brandish guns as soon as they heard gunfire. Finding out whod started the battles was all but impossible.
In the Giza section of Cairo, for example, numerous protesters told McClatchy that army forces stationed nearby had fatally shot two protesters and wounded a third.
I saw soldiers shoot at us from the church, said Hussein Ali, 37, an accountant for an electrical company whos a Morsi supporter. A nearby army officer told McClatchy that his troops did indeed shoot at protesters but only when theyd tried to storm the church and set it ablaze.
Mustafa Mahmoud, 23, who lives near the church and said he didnt support either side, said the troops had started shooting when the protesters came by the church because they were too close.
In a sign of how much the landscape has changed, whereas Morsi supporters once had demanded that he be reinstated, they now said they were taking to the streets as a form of retribution for the deaths of protesters Wednesday.
Either we seek democratic solutions from A to Z or we take to the street, Dewaidar said at the funeral. How can we believe in the vote when they throw our vote in the trash bin?
Within seconds of finishing their prayer, which ends with the line, Peace be upon us and on those who are righteous servants of Allah, the angry chants against the military began.
Down with all the dogs of the military, thousands screamed as they began they marching toward the burial site.
Nearby, residents had set up a checkpoint manned by men in their 20s armed with machetes. It was unclear whether the men who were checking those passing by were there to protect the neighborhood from the Muslim Brotherhood or attack them when they arrived.