Hundreds of Islamist demonstrators took to the streets on Friday in cities across Egypt, days after a disputed protest law was adopted and police forcefully broke up unauthorised gatherings.

Since a popularly backed military coup ousted Islamist President Mohamed Morsy in July, his supporters have been staging near-daily protests calling for his reinstatement, with Friday’s weekly Muslim prayers a key time for mobilising their largest numbers. The rallies have often descended into street clashes with security forces or civilians.

In an effort to quash rallies Morsy supporters have managed to sustain despite a sharp security crackdown, authorities have adopted a controversial protest law restricting the right to protest. Among other rules, it requires organisers to notify the Interior Ministry three days before holding a protest, while also setting prison terms and high fines for violators.

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