Egypt military attacks Tahrir sit-in, army apologises
Military attacked protesters staging a sit-in in Tahrir early Saturday
Salma Shukrallah, Saturday 26 Feb 2011
Egyptian army personnel attempt to move anti-government protesters from inside Tahrir Square in Cairo February 13, 2011. Friday 25 February witnessed military attack on protestors attempting to resume sit-in at Tahrir square. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
The military, who had thus far been impartial or sympathetic to the protesters to topple Mubarak’s government, attacked protesters who aimed to topple the PM, Ahmed Shafiq’s government.
A couple of hundreds set up camp to spend the night on the small patch of grass in the centre of the famous square. Around 2am military police attacked with an aim to disperse and end the sit-in.
According to activists, the military used sticks to beat up the protestors and several have been severely injured. Several have been detained but were released after.
Anger towards the military expressed online mounted following the attacks and a call has been spreading for another gathering at Tahrir Square starting Saturday at 2pm.
The military has posted an apology on its official Facebook page stating that harassments practiced against activists by military police was unintentional and that no orders were given to attack any Egyptian national. The military also confirmed the release of all those detained during those incidents.
Egypt’s military, running the government since Mubarak’s overthrow, warned earlier that it will not allow continued “illegal” strikes and protests claiming that it disrupts the economy.