Clashes at Cairo's Tahrir Square 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
It was the first such violence in weeks in Tahrir Square, the center of
the revolt that led to Mubarak being toppled. Police in riot gear and
with shields blocked protesters from marching towards the ministry.
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workers treated people mostly for inhaling tear gas. A Reuters
correspondent saw several people with minor wounds, including some with
cuts on their heads.
"The people are angry that the court cases
against top officials keep getting delayed," Ahmed Abdel Hamid, 26, a
bakery employee, said at the scene. He clutched stones in his hands.
said police clashed with some of those gathered at the event to honor
the "martyrs", as those killed in the uprising are called. This prompted
protesters to move to Tahrir.
"The people want the fall of the regime," some chanted.
Others called for Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, head of the military council now ruling Egypt, to step down.
ministry said in a statement that a group of people had been stopped
from joining the event at a theater to honor the "martyrs" and had tried
to barge their way in, prompting the police to intervene. The group
later moved to Tahrir Square.'Protests have no justification'
ruling military council said in a statement on its Facebook page that
the events "had no justification other than to shake Egypt's safety and
security in an organized plan that exploits the blood of the
revolution's martyrs and to sow division between the people and the
Clashes continued into the morning.
dawn, dozens of riot police trucks that had been parked near the square
withdrew from the area. A police cordon around the Interior Ministry
remained in place.
Young men, many stripped to the waist, were
still hurling stones at police near the ministry as commuters went to
work. Police fired more teargas. Some ordinary Egyptians said those
involved were bent on battling police rather than protesting.
activists who have helped organize other recent protests in Tahrir said
the angry scenes on Tuesday evening and early Wednesday were not part
of any planned protest.
Streets were strewn with stones and
bricks. One motorbike near the square was spewing black smoke after
being set alight. A hospital in nearby Munira received two civilians and
41 policemen with wounds, bruises and teargas inhalation, the state
news agency said. All were discharged except one civilian with a bullet
wound and a policeman with concussion, the agency said.
former interior minister, Habib al-Adli, has been sentenced to jail for
corruption but he and other officials are still being tried on charges
related to killing protesters. Police vehicles were stoned by protesters
at Sunday's hearing.
Police used batons, teargas, water cannon
and live ammunition against protesters in the first days of the 18-day
uprising before they were ordered off the streets and the army moved in.
Mubarak then handed power to an army council.
president, now hospitalized, has also been charged with killing
protesters and could face the death penalty. Mubarak's trial starts on