By Mohammed Tawfeeq and Jason Hanna
Protesters in parts of Egypt rallied Friday against the interim government and an approaching referendum that would ban religious parties, leading to clashes with security forces in at least two cities, Egyptian media reported.
The demonstrations are the latest by members or supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has regularly protested Egypt's interim government since the Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsy was ousted in a coup in July.
Security forces fired teargas at Morsy supporters on Friday to disperse their march in Giza, the semiofficial Ahram Online news outlet reported. The demonstrators began to march following Friday prayers and clashed with police in various parts of the city, Ahram Online said.
Clashes also broke out in al-Sabah city in the Suez province, where security forces fired teargas at a pro-Morsy march, according to state-run Middle East News Agency.
The Muslim Brotherhood-led National Alliance to Support Legitimacy had called for protests, according to MENA. The alliance has focused its ire on Egypt's January 14-15 referendum on a new constitution, which would not only ban religious parties but also put more power in the hands of the military.
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