November 21st, 2011
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Tahrir square enters third day of protest

tahrir-squareCairo: The Protestors agitating against Egypt’s military rulers continue to remain camped in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for a third day. They have refused to budge even after the death of at least 13 demonstrators, who were killed when the security forces launched a major assault to clear the square.

The protestors are demanding that the head of the army resign. They want the ruling military to cede power to a civilian authority. The unrest casts a shadow over Egypt’s first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s downfall which is due to start next week. It is the longest continuous protest since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

Demonstrators say they fear Egypt’s governing Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (Scaf) are trying to retain their grip on power. The council, led by Field Marshal Mohamed Tantawi, is charged with overseeing the country’s transition to democracy after three decades of autocratic rule under Mr Mubarak.

Clashes were reported late into the night, with the injured being taken to makeshift clinics on the streets. Demonstrators on Sunday were seen throwing stones and petrol bombs at armoured personnel carriers and police. Security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Violence has also taken place in other cities including Alexandria, Suez and Aswan.

A total of 11 people were reportedly killed on Sunday and two on Saturday, according to medical sources. Health officials say as many as 900 have been injured, including at least 40 security personnel.




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