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March from Tahrir to military council HQ attacked in Abbasiya

Clashes erupted again in Abbasiya, near the headquarters of the ruling military council, as political forces of the January 25 Revolution tried to reach the site to stage a protest

Mustafa Ali and Salma El-Wardani, Sunday 24 Jul 2011
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Abbasiya residents and alleged hired thugs have clashed with peaceful demonstrators in front of army roadblocks in the district.

According to Ahram Online reporters, the marchers were attacked from side streets and rooftops by people throwing stones, empty bottles and glass. The army fired shots in the air. Molotov cocktails were thrown. Rocks were then thrown from both sides. At least 145 people have been reported injured according to the ministry of health. The march was entirely peaceful before the attack began. 

The army and the military police blocked the main entrances to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) headquarters in Abbasiya. The protesters were trapped between alleged hired thugs, Abbasiya residents and army barricades.

Later, Central Security forces and military police arrived from the direction of Tahrir, but were unable to stop the attack on the protesters. Molotov cocktails continued to fly over the protesters, injuring dozens and burning parts of the street. One of the explosives hit a car parked in front of Al-Nour Mosque, but protesters were able to extinguish it before it exploded. 

Central security forces fired tear gas on protesters. 

The military police later opened Al-Nour Mosque to the protesters, where some of them regrouped before returning to Abbasiya square to chant slogans against the army. Others went back to Tahrir Square.

Thousands tried to march from Tahrir Square, where a two week long sit-in is ongoing, to the ruling military council headquarters on Saturday, decrying the still unmet demands of the sit-in. 

The military council issued a statement on Saturday blaming Friday evening clashes on the April 6 Movement, saying the groups took their orders from foreign interlopers. The accusation had the effect of strengthening earlier calls to march on SCAF on Saturday.

Some 28 political groups committed to the march on Saturday, both in defence of the April 6 Movement and in protest that the demands of the revolution have not been met.

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Nermo
25-07-2011 08:25pm
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Public view of Abbassya Clashs
I happen to be leaving Egypt on the day of these horrible ambush at the Abbassya. I had alot of running around that included a last minute trip from New Cairo to Tahrir and back. All I heard about all day is how the protester where causing all this traffic and the bicycle needs to keep moving. On my way home from Tahrir on the October 6th highway what I saw made me so anger. Causing about an hour backup was a few dozen double parked on the highway. People where actual getting out of their car to watch what was happening at the over pass of the Abbassya like this was a football game. It made me sick. These would be the same people that said the wheel of production etc..- hey jerkoff you are the reason the wheel has stop not the protester who work all day only to go to sleep in Tahrir afterwards. Get back in your cars find a place that it is legal to park and join them, or go home.
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marawan
24-07-2011 04:56pm
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But
i a gree with the revolts but stop pushing thing to hill please we want to feed our kids
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richard
24-07-2011 02:33pm
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Abbassiya thugs.
The ordinary residents of Abbassiya just want to get on with their daily lives. They are weary of the continuous disruption caused by raucous revolutionary protesters. The term 'thug' is widely used to refer to persons not in total agreement with the insatiable demands of the protesters. There are thugs on both sides.
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mostafa waly
24-07-2011 12:48pm
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A serious turn
the language, the tone and the whole situation indicate a threatening escalation of tough measures against peacful demonestrations, especially, against the revolutionary youth, who once were the fore front of the Egyptian people in couragiously facing the toppled regime. Whatever the claimed reasons behind such violent reaction to the protestors, those who have the power to determine the course of actions on the ground and the media, they must recall the very recent history of far greater powers who used to resort to the tradtional means of repression, ranging from moral defamation to physical torture. Egyptian youth who took to the streets and squares, where no siginficant case of violent or sabotage from their side has been recorded, such noble and brave youth, should never be tarnished by accusations of foreign agendas and other ridiculous charges... UNLESS PROVEN.
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Ahmad Fathi
24-07-2011 11:45am
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HONNEST
This is the best article I read about the Abbassya battle ambush, and from Ahram. Thanks
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patkar
24-07-2011 09:55am
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ambush !
just as an observer of facts, this was an organized and orchestrated ambush. BUT it profits nobody and hurts the image of Egypt.
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