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Clashes rage in downtown Cairo

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 01:37

Nov. 21 - Violence flares between police and pro-democracy protesters in Cairo. Travis Brecher reports.

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Heavy fighting continues into Monday morning in the Egyptian capital - as protesters and police clash for a third day. Here on a side street off of Tahrir Square in central Cairo, protesters hurl stones and chunks of pavement toward riot police - and through thick clouds of tear gas. One man says the regime is committing crimes against demonstrators, as it continues to support the assault by security forces. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, AHMED SULTAN, SAYING: "These people here are being ignored, and crimes are being committed on Mohamed Mahmoud street that have been going on for two days and are still happening. The Military Council hasn't said anything, and the Cabinet hasn't said anything, and they are praising the role played by the Interior Ministry, saying 'thank you very much'. So we will stay here until we take our country back." Another man says the revolution that toppled former President Hosni Mubarak has brought no real change. (SOUNBITE) (Arabic) PROTESTER, HAZEM MAHMOUD, SAYING: "Our position is that no change has happened in the country at all. Nine months have passed. The Military Council said that after six months they would hand over power. Nine months have passed and there is no indication at all that they are handing over power." Demonstrators claim security forces have been using live ammunition against them -- and some hold spent cartridges to prove it. At least 12 people have been killed, and well over a thousand people have been injured. Travis Brecher, Reuters

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Clashes rage in downtown Cairo

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 01:37