Hundreds march to Cabinet headquarters to stop clashes between military and protesters

Zeinab El Gundy, Sunday 18 Dec 2011

As hundreds march towards Cabinet headquarters to call for an end to the violence between protesters and the army, newly elected MP's work on a truce

Protesters assist an injured fellow protester during clashes with army soldiers at the cabinet near Tahrir Square in Cairo December 16, 2011. (Photo: Reuters)

Thousands march towards Cabinet headquarters to call for an end to the violence that erupted in front of Egypt's Cabinet headquarters near Tahrir.

Friday morning, clashes ensued at Cabinet headquarters in Cairo where protesters had been staging a sit-in calling for newly-appointed Prime Minister El-Ganzouri to resign or be removed because he was appointed by Egypt's ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces.

Political figures announced this Sunday morning that they are working on an truce between protesters and the army forces to end the bloodshed that has thus far left 10 dead.

MP Amr Hamzawy, MP Mustafa Al-Naggar as well other new and potential members of parliament including, potential MP Ziad Eleimy and Wael Ghoneim, are among those brokering the deal.

MP Amr Hamzawy called for SCAF to stop their violent attacks and for an immediate investigation to point out the perpetrators. He also called on all the elected members of parliament and prominent Egyptian figures for a national initiative towards peaceful protests.

Political analyst and former military advisory council member, Moatez Abdel Fatah announced that he would be at Omar Makram Mosque at 12 noon to meet with youth in the square in an attempt to calm things down. He argues a truce would not mean protesters should give up their rights, but rather that they need down time to plan the next step.

Abdel Fatah requested that around 100 youth meet him at the mosque to talk about a truce. Influential activist, Wael Ghoneim - the ex-Google exec who ran a Facebook page that made the initial call for mass demonstrations, which eventually became Egypt's revolution - is already in the mosque.

Meanwhile, clashes between protesters and army forces and thugs continue for the third day in row at the Cabinet headquarters. Protesters have reported that the central security forces have appeared at Sheikh Rihan Street at the ministry of interior for the first time since the clashes at Mohamed Mahmoud, where both sides hurled rocks and glass at each other.

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