Egypt Islamists mark anniversary of mass killing

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FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, Egyptian security forces detain protesters as they clear a sit-in by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in the eastern Nasr City district of Cairo. The scene on Aug. 14, 2013, was the start of the biggest massacre in modern Egyptian history, as security forces crushed the sit-in by Islamist supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the elected president who had been removed by the military a month earlier. At least 624 people were killed during 12 hours of mayhem in Cairo’s Rabaah el-Adawiyah Square, though rights groups have said the toll may be several hundred higher. (AP Photo/Ahmed Gomaa, File)
Egyptian medics and army personnel escort former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, 86, from a helicopter ambulance after landing at the Maadi Military Hospital following a hearing in his retrial in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. Mubarak has denied Wednesday that he ordered killing of protesters during his first lengthy speech in court as his retrial in failing to stop deaths of protesters is drawing to an end. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)
FILE - In this Saturday, April 26, 2014 file photo, ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak attends a hearing in his retrial over charges of failing to stop killings of protesters during the 2011 uprising that led to his downfall, in the Police Academy-turned-court in the outskirts of Cairo, Egypt. Mubarak has denied Wednesday that he ordered killing of protesters during his first lengthy speech in court as his retrial in failing to stop deaths of protesters is drawing to an end. (AP Photo/Tarek el Gabbas, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, An Egyptian security force expresses his emotion as security forces clear a sit-in camp set up by supporters of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt. The scene on Aug. 14, 2013, was the start of the biggest massacre in modern Egyptian history. The final toll was 624 dead, according to the government’s human rights agency. Abd-ul-Sattar said the Brotherhood-led coalition has documented 2,500 dead, though that is far above tallies put together by independent rights groups reaching nearly 1,000. Nearly 100 more were killed in the dispersal of the Nahda sit-in. Nationwide, 42 policemen were killed, including eight in Rabaah. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, Two boys hold on to a supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi as Egyptian security forces clear a sit-in camp set up near Cairo University in Cairo's Giza district, Egypt. The scene on Aug. 14, 2013, was the start of the biggest massacre in modern Egyptian history, as security forces crushed the sit-in by Islamist supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the elected president who had been removed by the military a month earlier. At least 624 people were killed during 12 hours of mayhem in Cairo’s Rabaah el-Adawiyah Square, though rights groups have said the toll may be several hundred higher. (AP Photo/Hussein Tallal, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, A supporter of ousted Islamist President Mohammed Morsi takes cover from Egyptian security forces at the sit-in at Rabaah Al-Adawiya in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt. The scene on Aug. 14, 2013, was the start of the biggest massacre in modern Egyptian history, as security forces crushed the sit-in by Islamist supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the elected president who had been removed by the military a month earlier. At least 624 people were killed during 12 hours of mayhem in Cairo’s Rabaah el-Adawiyah Square, though rights groups have said the toll may be several hundred higher. Arabic at background reads, "peace, peace." (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)
FILE - In this Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013 file photo, A supporter of ousted Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi carries wood to burn in a fire barricade at the sit-in at Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square in Cairo's Nasr City district, Egypt. The scene on Aug. 14, 2013, was the start of the biggest massacre in modern Egyptian history, as security forces crushed the sit-in by Islamist supporters of Mohammed Morsi, the elected president who had been removed by the military a month earlier. At least 624 people were killed during 12 hours of mayhem in Cairo’s Rabaah el-Adawiyah Square, though rights groups have said the toll may be several hundred higher. (AP Photo/Manu Brabo, File)
ANKARA, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Turkish people gather to commemorate World Rabia Day at Abdi Ipekci Park in Ankara, Turkey, on August 14, 2014. World Rabia Day declared led by International Rabia Platform in order not to forget the Rabia massacre and to support the pro-democracy struggle of Egyptians. (Photo by Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ANKARA, TURKEY - AUGUST 14: Turkish people gather to commemorate World Rabia Day at Abdi Ipekci Park in Ankara, Turkey, on August 14, 2014. World Rabia Day declared led by International Rabia Platform in order not to forget the Rabia massacre and to support the pro-democracy struggle of Egyptians. (Photo by Aykut Unlupinar/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT - NOVEMBER 22: Protestors show 'Rabia sign' during a demonstration under named, 'Massacre of the Century,' marking the day security forces cracked down on the Rabaa al-Adaweya and al-Nahda sit-ins that 100 days since the dispersals of anti-coup protestors on November 22, 2013 in Alexandria, Egypt. (Photo By Ibrahim Ramadan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Protesters hold placards showing the 'Rabia sign' while taking part in a rally on August 24, 2013 in Ankara to protest against the mass killings in Syria and Egypt. The 'Rabia sign' has become a symbol to remember the massacre in Egypt at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where the anti-coup protests took place. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - AUGUST 14: Anti-coup protesters take part in a demonstration on the first anniversary of ''World Rabia Day'' in Al-Haram neighborhood of Cario, Egypt on August 14, 2014. World Rabia day is held on Thursday to commemorate the killing of demonstrators by the Egyptian security forces a year previously in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Squares. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - AUGUST 14: Anti-coup protesters flash Rabia signs during a demonstration on the first anniversary of ''World Rabia Day'' in Al-Haram neighborhood of Cario, Egypt on August 14, 2014. World Rabia day is held on Thursday to commemorate the killing of demonstrators by the Egyptian security forces a year previously in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Squares. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - AUGUST 14: Anti-coup protesters chant slogans during a demonstration on the first anniversary of ''World Rabia Day'' in Al-Haram neighborhood of Cario, Egypt on August 14, 2014. World Rabia day is held on Thursday to commemorate the killing of demonstrators by the Egyptian security forces a year previously in Cairo's Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda Squares. (Photo by Amru Salahuddien/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
CAIRO, EGYPT - DECEMBER 7: Senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed El-Beltagy (front R) and Salafist preacher Safwat Hegazy (front L) flash Rabia sign during their trial at Cairo police academy on December 7, 2013 in Cairo, Egypt. The two Islamist leaders, along with two medics, face charges of 'abducting and torturing' two policemen inside the Rabaa al-Adawiya sit-in, the site of a seven-week protest camp in support of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, which was violently dispersed in mid-August and left hundreds of people dead. (Photo by Stringer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Children make the 'Rabia sign' with their hands while taking part in a rally on August 24, 2013 in Ankara to protest against the mass killings in Syria and Egypt. The 'Rabia sign' has become a symbol to remember the massacre in Egypt at the Rabaa al-Adawiya Square where the anti-coup protests took place. AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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CAIRO (AP) - Egyptian security forces firing tear gas quashed small, scattered demonstrations on Thursday by Islamist supporters of ousted President Mohammed Morsi who tried to commemorate the anniversary of the killing of hundreds of protesters.

After the military overthrew Morsi last summer amid massive demonstrations against his divisive yearlong rule, authorities waged a sweeping crackdown on his Muslim Brotherhood movement and other Islamists, with hundreds killed in street clashes and tens of thousands detained.

The deadliest such incident was exactly one year ago, when security forces dispersed two large pro-Morsi sit-ins in the Cairo intersections of Rabaah el-Adawiya and Nahda, setting off clashes and killing hundreds of demonstrators in the worst mass killing in modern Egyptian history.

Human Rights Watch released a lengthy report this week documenting the dispersal, saying security forces likely committed crimes against humanity and comparing the incident to China's Tiananmen Square massacre. The rights group called for a U.N. investigation into the role of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi -- who was military chief at the time -- and other officials in the killings.

Authorities have blamed the Brotherhood for a string of attacks on security forces and have branded it a terrorist organization. The group denies the allegations, insisting it is committed to using protests and other peaceful means to bring about the reinstatement of Morsi, who has been jailed along with virtually the entire top leadership of the movement.

Pro-Morsi demonstrations waned in recent months as security forces have moved aggressively to break up public gatherings. El-Sissi was elected in May by a large majority in a vote boycotted by Morsi's supporters.

In Egypt's second largest city of Alexandria, a one-time Islamist stronghold, security forces used tear gas on Thursday to disperse three small protests after demonstrators set tires alight and blocked main roads while chanting against the military and raising the four-finger sign of Rabaah, which means fourth in Arabic.

A security official said assailants set fire to electrical facilities in the Nile Delta town of Abu Hamad. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press. Authorities have accused Morsi supporters of attacking the country's infrastructure, including power facilities and communication towers, and of planting bombs in subway trains.

Most of the deadly attacks over the past year have targeted security forces, with more radical Islamic groups claiming responsibility.

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