Egypt police use teargas to disperse protesters

Egyptian security forces have been trying to separate supporters and opponents of coup leader General Sisi in Cairo.

Egypt police use teargas to disperse protesters

World Bulletin / News Desk

Egyptian police on Tuesday used teargas to break up clashes between supporters and opponents of Defense Minister Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi near Tahrir Square, where demonstrators marked the second anniversary of violent clashes between security forces and protesters on Cairo's nearby Mohamed Mahmoud Street.

Both sides engaged in verbal altercations and stone-throwing in Abdel-Moneim Riyad Square, located adjacent to Tahrir Square, prompting police stationed outside the nearby Egyptian Museum to fire teargas at both sides.

Similar skirmishes broke out earlier in the day in Tahrir Square when al-Sisi supporters tried to celebrate the general's birthday, which happens to fall on November 19, by playing a popular pro-army song.

The gesture sparked sharp verbal exchanges and scuffles with al-Sisi's opponents before security forces stepped in to separate the rival camps.

On November 19, 2011, clashes erupted on Mohamed Mahmoud Street between protesters opposed to Egypt's then-ruling Supreme Military Council – which had assumed control of the country following the ouster of president Hosni Mubarak – and security forces.

The almost weeklong clashes began after police violently dispersed a sit-in staged by dozens of people injured in the 18-day uprising that had toppled Mubarak some nine months earlier.

The heavy-handed sit-in dispersal was caught on live television, drawing thousands of demonstrators into Tahrir to protest the brutality of the security forces.

Youth groups accuse the military council of having been responsible for the violence – which left at least 38 protesters dead and thousands injured – and demand the prosecution of then-serving council members, including ex-army chief Hussein Tantawi.

Al-Sisi, currently viewed as the chief architect of the July 3 ouster of elected president Mohamed Morsi, had been a senior member of the military council at the time.

Last Mod: 19 Kasım 2013, 16:07
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