Egyptian police on Sunday fired tear gas to disperse a rock-pelting crowd of residents defending their homes on a Nile River island against bulldozers sent by the government to demolish their illegally-built dwellings. The clashes left one person dead and 50 others injured.
The violence on the island of elWaraq on the southern fringes of Cairo is likely to stain a nationwide campaign
launched this summer by AbdelFattah el-Sissi, Egypt’s general-turned-president, to restore government control over stateowned land.
El-Sisi has vowed in televised comments to show no lenience to anyone taking illegal advantage of state-owned property, saying the law would prevail regardless of how powerful or wealthy the offenders were. Anyone using land that does not rightfully belong to them, he angrily said, is a “common thief.” (AP)