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At least 18 killed as protesters clash with police in anniversary of Egypt's revolution

Ahram Online , Sunday 25 Jan 2015
Egypt
Anti-government protesters call out to others with them to walk into Tahrir square after they clashed briefly with pro-government protesters, in Cairo January 25, 2015. (Photo: Reuters)
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Ten people, including a police conscript, were killed in Cairo's Matariya district in the north of the capital, where the day's most intense and sustained clashes took place. 
 
Matariya is a hotbed for clashes between pro-Mohamed Morsi protesters and police, with weekly confrontations typical and deaths regularly reported.
 
By early evening, clashes in Cairo had subsided, with the exception of Matariya.
 
Another person was killed elsewhere in Cairo and two more in Giza, where the municipality headquarters of the Haram district were torched. Another two police conscripts were killed by unknown assailants in Giza who fled in a car on the ring road through the Moneib district, Egypt's state news agency MENA reported.
 
One person was also killed in the coastal city of Alexandria, health ministry officials said.
 
A further two people died when a bomb they were planting detonated in the Nile Delta's Beheira governorate, health ministry official Khaled El-Khateeb told Reuters' Aswat Masriya.
 
The ministry also said that at least 38 people were injured in clashes in Cairo, Giza, the Nile Delta's Kafr El-Sheikh and Upper Egypt's Minya governorate; the interior ministry said 11 policemen were injured.
 
The interior ministry said in a statement that close to 150 "rioters" were apprehended on Sunday across the country.
 
Downtown clashes 
 
Clashes also erupted on Sunday in downtown Cairo between protesters and a number of supporters of President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi during a protest at the Journalists Syndicate.
 
The protest was organised to demand retribution for those injured in the 2011 revolution. Demonstrators had chanted for retribution, as well as chanting against military rule and against El-Sisi.
 
Clashes started when a group of El-Sisi supporters began to hurl rocks at the protesters. Security forces dispersed the clashes, firing teargas. No deaths were reported.
 
Security forces also dispersed a protest of about 100 supporters of El-Sisi in downtown Cairo's Abdel-Moneim Riyad Square, Aswat Masriya reported. No one was arrested at the protest.
 
Earlier in the day, 15 people Morsi supporters were arrested in the same square.
 
A number of youth groups affiliated with the pro-Mohamed Morsi National Alliance to Support Legitimacy had earlier called for protests in downtown Cairo.
 
The secular group the April 6 Youth Movement, which was outlawed last April, had also called for protests in a number of downtown squares, including Abdel-Moneim Riyad, Abdeen, Opera, Bab Al-Louk and Talaat Harb, after the killing of socialist activist Shaimaa El-Sabagh at a march on Saturday.
 
El-Sabagh, 33, was marching with a dozen Socialist Popular Alliance Party members to lay flowers in Tahrir Square in memory of protesters who died in the January 2011 uprising when she was shot. The party said her death was “premeditated murder.”
 
Security forces have dispersed other small protests nationwide.
 
More than 60 people were killed in last year's revolution anniversary, around six months after the ouster of Islamist President Mohamed Morsi following mass protests against his rule.  
 
 
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George Hikmat, Beirut
26-01-2015 06:08pm
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world should stand against Nazi Sissi gang
Where in the civilized world the polict open fire indiscriminately on peaceful protesters. But in Egypt, so called Ummu Uddunya, this is normal. How many light years does Egypt need to catch up with the civilized world. I am ashamed of being Egyptian.
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Muhammed Anwar El-Sadat
26-01-2015 08:45am
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It is time to get rid of the Sissi regime
It is murdering Egyptians in large numbers It is destroying the Egyptian economy and impoverishing Egyptians like never before. it is turning Egyptians against each other It is reinventing fascism It has destroyed an already corrupt justice system. It is interferring with people's religious beliefs It is stupidly siding with a small minority against the majority without any thought for the consequences. and it is throwing Egypt into the laps of primitive Bedouin Sheikhdoms in the Arabian peninsula and the Gulf.
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Jad Isshak
26-01-2015 08:36am
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For the sake of truth and history
I am Dr. Jad Iss-hak, an Egyptian Christian professor. I am not infatuated with the Ikhwan and their ideology. But for the sake of truth, I can testify that they are completely innocent of the charges and canards levelled against them by the regime. Our government is scandalously dishonest. The Interior Ministry fabricates and concocts the violence, even murders police conscripts to keep the anti-Ikhwan phobia going. This regime simply can not be entrusted to rule...It is murderous, criminal, dishonest and evil. I apologize to the Islamists for having demonstrated against them. We were duped by the Mubarak regime propagandists to do so. We were stupid.
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Fadi Beshoy, Imbaba
26-01-2015 08:14am
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Sissi Nazism musty be crushed-Tahya Masr
This man is hell-bent on Murdering innocent Egyptians. His regime must be crushed. We want the legitimate president back.
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Masry
26-01-2015 01:40am
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War against terrorists
Egypt is at War with terrorists. Terrorist who soil our great religion murdering. Over 90% of the victims of these savages are muslim so please you blind supporters of these savage terrorist please wake up. These terrorists are a cancer against our islam . While we are at war with terrorist hiding in the middle of protesters we need to stop these demonstrations . These left wing demonstrators are being used like little pulpits by the Ikhwani terrorists. The Ikhwani terrorist that would not give them a right to breathe free air if they were in power.... See Iran Afghanistan Pakistan ..... Wake up puppets there will be a time and a place for your voices.... The ballot box.... Not in the streets when the terrorists have murdered and bombed and burned.....
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lucky
25-01-2015 10:55pm
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whatever...
Why was the socialist party even protesting anyways. Egypt government just invited all parties to the table. So instead of discussing policies and becoming part of Egypt's development.. She found it more necessary to stand in the street yelling so she could make the news? Ya.. Her reporters captured her death.. When the police are being murdered with bombs by people that would kill her too.. She this thinks its a good time to show off in the streets instead of attending meetings.. Whatever..
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lucky
25-01-2015 10:36pm
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Its almost been three days...
Where to start... In one hand Egypt police are in a daily war with terrorist. They.. while trying to keep the peace are being blown up with bombs and die horrible deaths.. Because they know... That if they fail Egypt will become another Syria.. Libya.. Iraq.. Afghanistan.. The brotherhood would usher in the Islamic state (daesh) and that pretty little uncovered protester that just died would have been kidnapped.. Raped.. Infected with HIV.. Then shipped of to some Turkish hospital to be carved up for all her infected body organs. Gee.. Maybe now isn't such a good time to protest? Look at that Iraqi Muslim lady who just had her boobs chopped off just because.. Her veil was a little too sheer. You idiots wouldn't recognize a arab genocide if it bit you on your tushy..
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Hani Azzam
25-01-2015 08:34pm
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Sissi= IS and worse
murderous massacres of innocent protesters, like this one, are what force millions of Muslim youths to join IS and al-Qaeda. Where is France? where is the West? where is the US?
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KlausLondon
26-01-2015 05:35pm
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Innocent protestors?
Please, read the article first: Of the 18 people who died, 3 were police officers on duty, 2 were terrorists apparently killed by the premature explosion of their own bomb. God knows how many more "innocent protestors" would have been killed had the bomb gone off as intended. Some innocent protestors, I say.
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Hans, Deutchland
25-01-2015 08:29pm
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Je sui Muslim Brotherhood
If the world is truly un-hypocritical, it should boycott the Sissi regime.
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Alice Williams
25-01-2015 08:26pm
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Will the leaders of the world march for Egyptian blood?
Why don't they march against the Nazism of the Sissi regime? Is the french blood only precious? Is Egyptian Blood so cheap?
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Javed
25-01-2015 10:29pm
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What about the Nazism of the MB, placing bombs, causing trouble.
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