Sunday, November 20, 2011

At 2 Killed andmore than SIX Hundred Injured In Deadly Clashes In Cairo - 20th Nov 2011

LinkAt least two people have been killed and more than 600 others were injured in clashes in Cairo after riot police stormed Tahrir Square to clear a protest camp, officials said.

Officers fired rubber bullets, tear gas and hit demonstrators with batons in the Egyptian capital.

Hundreds of protesters fought back, hurling stones and setting an armoured police vehicle on fire.

The violence spilled into surrounding side streets in downtown Cairo. At least 18 people were reportedly arrested.

The camp had been set up to commemorate hundreds of demonstrators killed in the 18-day uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak in February.

The square had been a focal point for the anti-regime protests earlier in the year and activists were trying to restart a long-term sit-in, said witnesses.

"The people want to topple the regime," shouted enraged crowds, reviving the chant from the early days of the uprising.

Crowds also screamed: "Riot police are thugs and thieves" and "Down with the Marshal," referring to Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, Egypt's military ruler. Read More