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Tahrir remains closed despite attempts to open roads

Tahrir Square sit-in continues, roads still sealed off, despite protesters' decision to open landmark square to traffic

Ahram Online, Sunday 4 Dec 2011
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Tahrir square (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
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The Tahrir Square sit-in continues despite low numbers. Hundreds of protesters are still occupying tents in the square while others continue chants against military rule.

The square's central island and the sidewalks opposite to the Mugamma complex are still covered with tents. Most entrances leading to the square no longer have security, although they remain blocked by ropes and metal barriers.

Despite attempts made by some in Tahrir Square to open the roads for traffic, the square remains blocked as some have refused the initiative. Demonstrators, who also include those injured during the revolution, insist their demands be heard.

Demonstrators in Tahrir demand the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces hand over power to a civilian government.

The Tahrir sit-in was initially triggered by a police attack against the revolution's injured in Tahrir on 19 November. The attack escalated to become a weeklong battle, leaving at least 40 protesters dead and thousands injured.

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