Saturday, 23 July 2011

Peaceful Tahrir march ends in violence in Abasseya

Around 300 people are injured in Abasesya, Cairo, after what began as a peaceful march from Tahrir towards the Ministry of Defence ended in clashes.

Pro-reform demonstrators had intended to vent their disapproval of the Supreme Council of the Armed forces (SCAF), who have assumed control of Egypt since Mubarak was toppled in February.

But on 23rd July, the anniversary of the 1952 revolution that originally brought the army to power, soldiers blocked the protesters' march before it reached it's intended destination. Shortly afterwards, clashes broke out between the Tahrir demonstrators and civilians and went on for several hours. It was unclear if those that attacked the protesters were disgruntled local residents or if there were any hired thugs among them. Late on in the evening, tear gas was seen being fired from behind the civilian lines.

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