Egypt army moves to clear Cairo square after protest

By REUTERS
April 12, 2011 19:44

 
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CAIRO - Egyptian soldiers and police moved into Cairo's main square on Tuesday to end a five-day sit-in by protesters demanding civilian rule and swifter prosecution of disgraced former officials.

A Reuters photographer saw hundreds of soldiers in the middle of Tahrir Square and military vehicles at every entrance to the normally busy thoroughfare, which the demonstrators had closed to traffic using barbed wire.



Hundreds of thousands massed in Tahrir Square on Friday in one of the biggest protests since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted. The army failed to disperse hundreds of protesters who remained in the square in the early hours of Saturday.

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