PHOTO GALLERY: Clashes continue on Nile corniche; Egypt PM threatens 'firm hand'

Ahram Online, Monday 28 Jan 2013

Clashes continue into Monday between police and anti-Morsi protesters around Qasr El-Nile Bridge close to Tahrir Square

Protesters opposing Egyptian President Morsi are seen through tear gas fired by riot police during clashes, along Qasr El- Nil bridge, which leads to Tahrir Square in Cairo (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Hundreds are still battering the police forces near Qasr El-Nil Bridge in downtown Cairo.

Clashes continued in the Nile Corniche area near Semiramis hotel as protesters continue to approach the security forces while the latter respond with firing tear gas canisters which the protesters throw into the Nile.

These clashes continued throughout Sunday night from three different points around Tahrir Square, after President Mohamed Morsi's speech at around 10 p.m.

Dozens of protesters hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails at police near the Qasr El-Nile entrance to Tahrir Square. Police responded with dense volleys of tear gas in an attempt to push protesters back into the square.

Clouds of smoke could still be seen around Tahrir on Monday morning and tear gas leaked into the nearby Sadat metro station, causing a brief suspension of services.

On a similar note, the stage built in Tahrir has threatened protesters would storm into Sadat metro station in Tahrir, Cairo Security Directorate and also destroy the stone wall erected by the army in Sheikh Rihan Street, MENA reported.

The protesters said they would escalate actions in response to "violence security forces are using with the protesters."

Metro rails were blocked by protesters for limited periods of time over the past few days as a means to put pressure on Egyptian authorities.

Some protesters also blocked main routes in Cairo like the 15 May and 6 October Bridges.

Meanwhile, PM Hisham Qandil met with Minister for Interior Mohamed Ibrahim Monday to discuss the security situation in Egypt.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic news website, the PM asserted that forces will "deal firmly with all those who break the law."

In addition, Ibrahim presented the measures security forces will take in Suez, Port Said and Ismailia cities where President Mohamed Morsi has declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew Sunday.

Violence has taken place in Cairo and several other cities across the country since Friday's anniversary of the January 25 Revolution, leaving about 50 people dead nationwide, including two in Tahrir, and hundreds injured.

In a speech to the nation on Sunday night, President Morsi announced a state of emergency in the canal cities of Suez, Port Said and Ismailia, where the clashes have been most intense.

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