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Egyptian women hold defiant rally to denounce killing of female protester

  • In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo. Egypt has sought to distance the police from the weekend shooting death of el-Sabbagh, saying a forensic examination shows she was killed by a type of projectile that is "absolutely" not used by security forces. A senior official from the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, also dismissed as "inconsequential" video clips showing two masked, black-clad policemen pointing their rifles in her direction as gunshots rang out and a voice commanded "fire." (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Raaei)

    In this Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015 photo, 32-year-old mother Shaimaa el-Sabbagh holds a poster during a protest in downtown Cairo. Egypt has sought to distance the police from the weekend shooting death of el-Sabbagh, saying a forensic examination shows she was killed by a type of projectile that is "absolutely" not used by security forces. A senior official from the Interior Ministry, which is in charge of the police, also dismissed as "inconsequential" video clips showing two masked, black-clad policemen pointing their rifles in her direction as gunshots rang out and a voice commanded "fire." (AP Photo/Mohammed El-Raaei)  (The Associated Press)

  • An Egyptian protester holds a poster of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, an activist who was shot dead at a small peaceful protest last Saturday, and Arabic that reads, " how many martyrs remaining for victory," during a women's protest in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Dozens of women have rallied in the Egyptian capital, denouncing the killing of a female protester and blaming the police for her death during a peaceful demonstration last week.  (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)

    An Egyptian protester holds a poster of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, an activist who was shot dead at a small peaceful protest last Saturday, and Arabic that reads, " how many martyrs remaining for victory," during a women's protest in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Dozens of women have rallied in the Egyptian capital, denouncing the killing of a female protester and blaming the police for her death during a peaceful demonstration last week. (AP Photo/Amr Nabil)  (The Associated Press)

  • Egyptian protesters hold posters with photos of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, an activist who was shot dead at a small peaceful protest last Saturday, and Arabic that reads, " how many martyrs remaining for victory," during a women's protest in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Dozens of women have rallied in the Egyptian capital, denouncing the killing of a female protester and blaming the police for her death during a peaceful demonstration last week. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

    Egyptian protesters hold posters with photos of Shaimaa el-Sabagh, an activist who was shot dead at a small peaceful protest last Saturday, and Arabic that reads, " how many martyrs remaining for victory," during a women's protest in Cairo, Egypt, Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015. Dozens of women have rallied in the Egyptian capital, denouncing the killing of a female protester and blaming the police for her death during a peaceful demonstration last week. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of women have rallied in the Egyptian capital, denouncing the killing of a female protester and blaming the police for her death during a peaceful demonstration last week.

The slaying of 32-year mother and activist Shaimaa el-Sabbagh has set off a storm of criticism against the police. Officials have denied the police shot and killed her.

More than 100 women protesters gathered on Thursday, holding up pictures of el-Sabbagh and chanting defiantly: "Police are thugs!" and "Down with every president so long as blood is cheap!"

The protesters later dispersed peacefully and police did not intervene.

Egyptian authorities have cracked down heavily on protests and banned any demonstrations without prior government approval.

The crackdown follows the ouster of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi in 2013, after mass protests against him.