Vendors spark clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square

Ahram Online, Saturday 11 Feb 2012

Clashes broke out in Tahrir as street vendors allegedly fought each other with bladed weapons and Molotov cocktails over spaces to sell their wares

Street vendors in Tahrir Square had a verbal spat that developed into violent clashes on Saturday afternoon, during which several protesters were caught in the middle.  

The sellers reportedly used bladed weapons, hot water and even Molotov cocktails against each other while fighting over spots to ply their trade in the square.  

Two female tea sellers had a verbal exchange before they started fighting each other. Shortly afterwards, each group of sellers brought a gang to Tahrir and the clashes erupted.

It was reported that some of the troublemakers fought with the protesters who are staging a sit-in in Tahrir. There are no confirmed injuries.

On more than one occasion, street vendors have caused issues on Tahrir.

Tahrir Square is the focal point of the January 25 Revolution and has been the venue of many other protests and sit-ins that followed the 18-day revolt.

Living in tents set up on the once-grassy central island, tens of protesters have continued to stage a sit-in to demand the departure of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) from power.

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