Violence escalates in Tahrir

03-02-2012 06:10 PM


Tahrir Square and the nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Street which is home to the Ministry of Interior are the scenes of ongoing violence as attacks and counterattacks between protestors and the police continue for the second day in succession

Tahrir Square and the nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Street which is home to the Ministry of Interior are the scenes of ongoing violence as attacks and counterattacks between protestors and the police continue for the second day in succession. The demonstrations and sit-ins have spread to other areas including Maspero and the Defence Ministry in Cairo, as well as several regions in Egypt, among them Port Said, Suez, Alexandria, and Kafr al-Sheikh in the Delta, and Minya and Beni-Sweif in Upper Egypt.
Protestors are demonstrating against what they see as grave security shortcoming last Wednesday evening during the violence which erupted in the wake of a football game in Port Said and which tragically left some 75 dead and 300 injured.
They consider the tragedy the result of pre-determined negligence by the police and the military. They demand that the ruling Military Council should leave and hand over power to a civilian authority.
Police forces are firing tear gas at the protestors who are hurling stones, rocks, and Molotov cocktails at the Ministry of Interior. The demonstrations started directly after the Friday Muslim prayers; the protestors had spent the night dismantling the concrete security wall erected around the Interior Ministry last year.
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