Muslim Brotherhood members carry a protester injured during clashes with the police on Saturday. (Reuters: Asmaa Waguih)
Hundreds of political opponents sentenced to death
The protest had followed weeks of protests in 2013 against the ouster of Islamist president Mohamed Morsi by the military — led at the time by Egypt’s current president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Rights groups have criticised the trial for including many peaceful protesters and journalists.
Since Mr Sisi was elected president in 2014, authorities have justified a crackdown on dissent and freedoms as being directed at militants and saboteurs trying to undermine the state.
Morsi supporters shout slogans during a protest rally at Rabaa Adawiya square. (Reuters: Abd El Ghany)
Death sentences have been handed down to hundreds of his political opponents on charges such as belonging to an illegal organisation or planning to carry out an attack.
Supporters say a security crackdown is needed to stabilise Egypt, which still faces an Islamist insurgency in the Sinai Peninsula and is reeling financially from years of unrest.
Critics say the erosion of freedoms and silencing of political opponents is the worst Egypt has seen in its modern history.