Egypt police fire teargas at protesting youths

June 29, 2011 03:39

CAIRO - Police fired teargas in Cairo's central Tahrir Square overnight on Wednesday at several hundred mainly Egyptian youths, some of whom threw stones and demanded that trials of former senior officials proceed more swiftly.

Clashes broke out late on Tuesday in a nearby area of Cairo where families of some of the more than 840 people killed in the uprising that led to Hosni Mubarak's overthrow in February had gathered to honor those killed.

The Interior Ministry blamed a group seeking to disrupt the event and stir up a riot. 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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