Egypt: 500 wounded in Tahrir Square clashes

By REUTERS
November 19, 2011 20:30

 
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CAIRO - Protesters and riot police clashed in Cairo's Tahrir square on Saturday, wounding around 500 people, after police dispersed a sit-in by demonstrators demanding the ruling military transfer power swiftly to a civilian government.

The police pulled down tents of about 100 protesters who had camped in the square overnight after a demonstration on Friday of about 50,000 people, mostly Islamists, against the military leadership.

The action prompted around 5,000 protesters to return and clashes broke out.

The violence could cast a shadow over Egypt's parliamentary elections, which are set to begin on Nov. 28, the first since former President Hosni Mubarak's removal and meant to be a major step towards a civilian democratic system.

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