CAIRO (CNN) -- Clashes erupted between demonstrators and security forces in Egypt on Sunday, killing 28 people and wounding nearly 100 others, state media reported.
The violence started early Sunday afternoon as Muslim Brotherhood protesters marched in different neighborhoods in Cairo and across the country.
In Egypt's capital, people swam across the Nile to escape arrest as military armored personnel carriers supported police clearing the streets of protesters.
Tear gas filled the air and security forces with batons beat some of the protesters they detained.
It was another powerful sign that Egypt's military-backed interim government will go to almost any measure to shut down the Muslim Brotherhood's protests.
But nearby in Tahrir Square, the scene was drastically different; throngs of people celebrated Egypt Armed Forces Day at a festive event that included dancing and fireworks.
As thousands of Muslim Brotherhood protesters marched along the Nile from Old Cairo toward Tahrir, security forces blocked their path and quickly dispersed the crowd.
Health Ministry official Khaled El-Khatib told Egypt's state-run MENA news agency that the death toll included 26 people killed in Cairo, one person killed in Beni Suef and one person killed in Minya. Nationwide, at least 94 people were wounded, he said.
In September, an Egyptian court banned all activities of the Muslim Brotherhood and froze its finances, drawing complaints from the international community. At the United Nations General Assembly, Egypt's interim foreign minister sought to quell these concerns.
Nabil Fahmy said Egypt will hold elections in the spring. He also argued that the political process is open to all "as long as they are committed to the renunciation of violence and terrorism and acts of incitement to them."
On Sunday, protesters from the Muslim Brotherhood said they would accept nothing less than the reinstatement of the government of ousted leader Mohamed Morsy. But supporters of the military in Tahrir Square remained adamant that that shouldn't happen.
Neither side appeared willing to compromise.
CNN's Catherine E. Shoichet and Emma Lacey-Bordeaux contributed to this report.
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