CAIRO -- A week after Egypt witnessed its bloodiest days of unrest, protesters against the military-backed government came out across Cairo and other provinces Friday amid tension but relative calm.
Cairo was under tight security with additional tanks deployed in the streets and Friday prayers banned at several mosques where protests denouncing the July 3 military coup were planned. The Anti-Coup Coalition, an alliance between the Muslim Brotherhood and others groups that oppose the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi, reported that one man was killed when “thugs and MoI" -- agents of the Ministry of Interior -- attacked a demonstration.
But most of the protests proceeded without incident as opposition organizers took a different tack: There was no central gathering spot in one square, as demonstrators instead marched through their respective neighborhoods, leaving them less vulnerable to attack and drawing less attention.
Last Friday, a gathering of thousands in Ramses Square left more than 60 people dead when police began shooting at protesters.