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Egypt rises up in outrage over Tahrir police brutality

Protesters take to the streets in Suez, Menoufiya, Ismailiya and Sharqiya in solidarity with the Tahrir protesters

Ahram Online, Monday 21 Nov 2011
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A riot policeman fires a shotgun with rubber bullets at protesters during clashes in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo on Monday (Photo: Reuters)
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Rage in many governorates across the nation has been intensifying on Monday, with clashes between protesters and Central Security Forces (CSF) ongoing in Cairo and in other Egyptian cities.

In Suez, where confrontations with police have been exceptionally violent since the January ‎‎25 Revolution, security forces faced off with people showing support for the Tahrir demonstrators.

El-Shohada (Martyrs) Street saw 30 vehicles destroyed and 20 suffer the effects of teargas.

Confrontations in Suez with military forces started in the early hours of Monday morning and lasted for quite a while.

According to eyewitnesses, Al-Ahram’s Arabic site reported, a group of armed people threw Molotov cocktails at the premises of the national security apparatus.

Conversely, in Tanta, a host of demonstrators saved a policeman and an army soldier from being beaten by hotheads, as a protest march was roaming the streets.

In Grand Mahalla, civilians prevented some people from breaking into the police station and kept chanting “peaceful, peaceful,” in an attempt to avoid bloodshed.

Elsewhere, hundreds of Menoufiya University students held a protest march in the afternoon, deploring “police brutality and excessive force”.

They also called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF), which has been ruling the country on an interim basis since the overthrow of former president Hosni Mubarak, to hand over power.

The Menoufiya students said they will carry on demonstrating to support protesters in Tahrir Square.

Other protests marches took place in Ismailiya and Sharqiya in solidarity with the Tahrir protesters.

The bloody Tahrir confrontations broke out on Saturday after police forces tried to forcibly dispersed a small sit-in. According to Reuters, the total death toll from the last three days of violence has reached at least 33, while the number of injured has been put at approximately 1,500.

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