A few dozen Egyptian protesters who have held out in Cairo's Tahrir Square were cordoned by military police and soldiers on Monday, and they said they had been told by the army to leave the square or face arrest.
"We have half an hour left, we are cordoned by military police. We don't know what to do. We are discussing what to do now," one of the protesters, Yahya Saqr, told Reuters adding that a senior officer "told us we have one hour to empty the square or we will be arrested."
Witnesses said military police in red berets had surrounded the protesters, supported by scores of soldiers.