Protesters vs. police clashes back in Cairo

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New violent clashes between protesters and police occurred outside the Interior Ministry of Egypt near Tahrir Square in Cairo, dozens of people were injured.

New violent clashes between protesters and police occurred outside the Interior Ministry of Egypt near Tahrir Square in Cairo, dozens of people were injured.

Police firing tear gas and rubber bullets have tried not to let the protesters to the ministry. The demonstrators retreated to surrounding streets. It is the second day of deadly violence between protesters and police. More than 1,000 people were injured as clashes erupted, coming eight days before Egypt's first elections since former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

Some 50,000 protesters gathered in Tahrir Square on Friday to take part in rallies against military rule called "Friday of One Demand."

The protest, also dubbed "Friday of Protecting Democracy," was one of the largest in the past few months. Demonstrators called on the military government to transfer power to an elected civilian cabinet.

The reason for the protest was a document on "supra-constitutional principles" recently presented to political parties by Deputy Prime Minister Ali al-Silmi. The document would shield the armed forces from public scrutiny.

Nine months after the ousting of Mubarak, Egypt is still ruled by a military government unwelcomed by much of the population. The date for transfer of power to a civilian cabinet has not yet been set.

 

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