“We are regaining the state back,” a voice in the room called out, a reference to accusations that Morsi had previously defied the judiciary.
On Wednesday, troops moved to clear a sit-in that protesters have been holding in front of the city’s main government complex for weeks. Soldiers took down tents, banners and pictures of civilians recently killed in clashes with police.
Nevertheless, clashes erupted, with protesters hurling stones at police, prompting volleys of tear gas in response. Troops lined up between them, but fighting continued.
“Morsi is the enemy of God,” protesters lined up in front of the troops chanted.