Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Deadly clashes erupt in Egypt's capital

Egyptian protesters run to avoid tear gas during clashes with police at Liberation Square in Cairo on June 29, 2011.

Source: Press TV

Deadly clashes have erupted between police and protesters in the Egyptian capital Cairo, leaving at least one teenager dead and several others injured.

The clashes erupted after police officers accused of killing protesters during the revolution earlier this year were released on bail.

Reports say a 17-year old teenager was shot dead in the clashes outside a court house in Cairo.

Similar scuffles have been reported between protesters and security forces in the southern city of Suez.

This is the latest in a series of violent encounters in Egypt after police and protesters clashed in Cairo's Liberation Square last week.

Over 1,000 people were injured in the most recent scuffles between security forces and protesters in Cairo on June 29-30.

The protesters want speedy trials for those behind the massacre of anti-regime demonstrators, including ousted President Hosni Mubarak and his aides.

Meanwhile, protesters are planning a one million-strong march on Friday in the landmark Liberation Square. The protests are organized to pressure the ruling council to bring members of the former regime to justice.

The military has been in charge of the country after Mubarak's downfall in February. Rights groups have criticized the army for using military force against demonstrators.

However, the armed forces have repeatedly denied the accusations.

Egyptians are still skeptical about a rapid transition towards democracy and civilian rule in the North African country.

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