Families and security clash before verdict is read at Alexandria courthouse

Ahram Online, Saturday 19 Jan 2013

Security forces outside of an Alexandria courthouse reportedly beat families of those killed during Egypt's 18-day uprising in 2011 before the results of a trial against policemen

Clashes outside a courthouse between activists, families of those killed during the revolution and Central Security Forces in the city of Alexandria leave at least two injured.

A verdict is expected soon in the trial against police officers accused of killing peaceful protesters in Egypt's second city, Alexandria, during the outbreak of the Egyptian January 25 Revolution in 2011.

The clashes reportedly erupted after CSF tried to ward off protesters and families from the courthouse by spreading themselves about and putting up fences. The people vehemently refused.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic-language news website, security forces used their batons to beat protesters as both sides threw stones at each other.

As a result, the Corniche (the boulevard that lines the sea) was blocked near Manshiya district, which forced cars to detour.

At least 846 people died in clashes between peaceful protesters and the police from the time the revolution broke out on 25 January 2011 to 18 days later when the long-time president Mubarak was ousted.

Most police officers charged with the killings, however, were acquitted for lack of evidence.

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