Cairo Friday 16-12-2011

 

 

 

Security personal in uniform used the rooftops of buildings to throw rocks, stones,  sheets of glass, bottles and other objects on protesters, at one point “urinating on the protesters gathered below’’ reported witnesses.

 Cairo …SaebPress and Agencies…...Egyptian soldiers  stormed the protest camp outside the Egyptian cabinet building. Violence has centred on Kasr al-Aini Street, next to Tahrir Square, on which many government buildings are located.

 

Clashes began at dawn on Friday, as soldiers used water cannons and fired shots in the air  to disperse demonstrators, who had been angered by mistreatment and  abuse of activists; video evidence showed some of the activists badly beaten after their arrest.

 

Security personal in uniform used the rooftops of buildings to throw rocks, stones,  sheets of glass, bottles and other objects on protesters, at one point “urinating on the protesters gathered below’’ reported witnesses.

The ruling military council said it would continue to act firmly against any attempts to overrun government buildings,

It denied that soldiers moved on to disrupt the sit-in or tear gas and live ammunition had been used, and said the issue would be investigated.

In a statement the ruling military council blamed the violence on the protesters, saying that the ‘clashes were part of a conspiracy to derail the country’s elections process, which is ongoing’.

Doctors and medics confirmed that most of injured people are afraid to actually get in ambulances and be transferred to hospitals, in fear of being detained by security forces.

Confirmed reports indicate that some local and foregone journalist were beaten and briefly detained by police during the clashes.

Friday’s clashes come as Egypt ended its second round of voting in a long and complicated election process that began on November 28. The Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party and Salafi al-Nour party, both Islamist groups, have so far won the most seats, with most political parties lagging behind.

Source: SaebPress and Agencies

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