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245 'rioters' arrested in Cairo since revolution anniversary

45 'rioters' arrested in Cairo at dawn on Thursday, 245 arrested in capital since revolution anniversary on 25 January, says security chief

Ahram Online, Thursday 31 Jan 2013
Security forces arrested 45 rioters on Thursday
Egyptian riot police arrest a man during clashes with protesters near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013 (Photo: AP)
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Security forces have arrested 245 "rioters" in Cairo since the revolution's anniversary on 25 January, the city's security chief has said.

Forty-five "rioters" were arrested at dawn on Thursday, General Osama El-Sagheer added.

The prosecution has charged the suspects with rioting, invading public and private properties, vandalism and arson, and attacking police securing the Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel.

Clashes have been ongoing between police and protesters in a number of cities since Friday, which marked the second anniversary of the Egyptian revolution. More than 50 people have been reported killed in the violence.

In Suez, nine people – including one police conscript – have been killed, while at least one civilian has been reported killed in Ismailia.

Intermittent violence has killed at least 39 civilians and two police in Port Said since Saturday, after a criminal court sentenced 21 local residents to death for their involvement in last February's Port Said stadium disaster.


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01-02-2013 01:45am
Egypt Must Go After The Masterminds Of The Violence
Arresting those suspects of violence is certainly a positive step in the right direction.They are simply obeying the masterminds who are the greater evil. Now go to the bottom of the problem and identify the masterminds who may be pretending to be against violence. Bring them to justice soonest. News media must help to expose them and give extensive coverage on their identity and actions of such criminals without fear or favor.
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