Egypt protesters clash with military police

By REUTERS
December 16, 2011 10:27

CAIRO - Egyptian protesters set cars alight and threw stones at military police in Cairo early on Friday, witnesses and a security source said, after rumors spread that an activist had been detained at a sit-in and badly beaten.

Police fired in the air shortly after dawn to try to disperse around 300 demonstrators, who were angered by images posted online that appeared to show the activist badly beaten after his arrest, the witnesses said.

"The rumor is they beat him up badly and he is in hospital," said a doctor at a field hospital set up to treat injured demonstrators. "This led people to go down to protest."


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