Sunday, November 20, 2011

Fresh violence erupts in Egypt's capital

Egyptian protesters gather after clashes with Egyptian riot police at Liberation Square in Cairo November 19, 2011.

Source: Press TV

Fresh violence has erupted in Egypt's capital Cairo a day after deadly clashes between police and protesters left at least three people dead and hundreds wounded, Press TV reports.

Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with protesters demanding a speedy transition of power from the ruling military council to a civilian government.

The police used tear gas against thousands of protesters in and around central Cairo's Liberation Square.

At least one protester was injured in the violence.

Similar clashes on Saturday left three people dead and hundreds more injured in Cairo and Alexandria.

The latest clashes come just over a week before parliamentary elections.

Earlier this month, Egypt's Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Silmi showed a draft copy of a revised constitution to political groups in the North African country. The draft would give the Army exclusive authority over its internal affairs and budget and would also shield the forces from legal scrutiny.

The opposition and democracy campaigners protested at the proposal.

Activists and political groups are increasingly critical of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF)'s failure to live up to its promise of handing over power to a civilian ruling structure within six months of the February revolution.

Protesters have also criticized the head of the council, Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi, for his reluctance to implement sweeping changes and dismantle elements of the former regime.

The military rulers have promised to hold presidential elections by late next year.

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