In a separate march, several thousand people descended on the Defense Ministry calling for retribution for the deaths of protesters during military rule. Another march headed to the main courthouse to demand justice for a 12 year-old vendor killed by the military earlier this month. The armed forces issued a rare apology for the death, and a military prosecutor detained a soldier for 15 days pending investigation.
Friday’s protests, which do not officially include the main opposition coalition, were led mostly by youth who waved pictures of protesters killed in past demonstrations. Much of the anger directed at the government stems from frustration with the pace of reform under Morsi as well as the continued killing of unarmed protesters by police.
The greatest number of deaths in the recent wave of violence occurred in Port Said after a court sentenced 21 of the city’s die-hard soccer fans to death last month for involvement in a deadly soccer riot. The verdict sparked attacks on government facilities and police in Port Said. Around 2,000 people protested in the city Friday to demand that dozens of residents killed in the riots there be deemed ‘‘martyrs’’ by the government.
Associated Press writer Mariam Rizk contributed to this report.