Monday, August 1, 2011

Egypt army attacks protesters in Cairo

Egyptian demonstrators rally in downtown Cairo's Tahrir square on July 29, 2011.

Source: Press TV

At least 200 protesters have been injured as violent clashes erupted between Egyptian security forces and demonstrators camped out in the capital's landmark Liberation Square.

The clashes erupted when security forces entered the square to disperse protesters who have stayed there for over three weeks.

Dozens of troops entered the square with military vehicles and managed to open the square to traffic.

Witnesses say the troops fired into air and used live ammunitions in a bid to break up the demonstrations.

Some reports say at least 200 protesters have been injured. Some of the injured are said to be in critical condition.

The protesters have been calling for an end to the military rule.

The protesters are calling for swift change and the ouster of military rulers who have replaced the former dictator Hosni Mubarak.

One of their key demands is the swift trial of former regime members involved in the killing of protesters during the revolution.

They are also calling on de facto president and Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi to step down.

Following Mubarak's downfall, a military council took over in Egypt. Many Egyptians believe it is trying to derail the revolution.

Demonstrators call for an end to the military council's rule and want the military to go back to their barracks and hand over power to a civilian government.

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