'Black Bloc' youths storm Egypt's protest scene

Young people take to Tahrir Square dressed in black in apparent reference to 1970s German anarchists.

By MELANIE LIDMAN
January 26, 2013 21:40
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An "ultra" or soccer hooligan with the El Ahly team, on his way to Tahrir Square on January 26, 2013

soccer hooligan egypt. (photo credit: MELANIE LIDMAN)

 
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CAIRO – In the aftermath of clashes on Friday night to mark the two-year anniversary of the January 25 Revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, pundits and politicians focused much attention on a new group of violent protesters.

The group calls themselves the “Black Bloc,” possibly in connection with other black bloc anarchy groups around the world. For the first time on Friday, teenagers and young people came out in force, dressed head-to-toe in black, many wearing black balaclava ski masks.



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