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More than 1,000 injured in protests

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 01:20

Nov. 20 - Police backed by the army used batons and teargas to disperse protesters in Cairo and Alexandria. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT - NO REPORTER NARRATION Egyptian police backed by the army used batons and teargas on Sunday (November 20) to charge protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanding Eygpt's ruling generals swiftly hand power to civilians, in some of the worst violence since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. With little more than a week to go before a parliamentary election that starts the process of transition, the state news agency reported three dead in a second day of violence on Sunday and 192 wounded. The overall death toll is at least five with more than 1,000 injured. The demonstrators accuse the army of seeking to retain power from behind scenes as it oversees the transition, which could see the military remain in control until presidential elections which may not happen until late 2012 or early 2013. Generals deny any such intention and the cabinet reiterated on Sunday that violence would not delay the staggered parliamentary elections that start on Nov. 28. The security forces, who moved in as darkness fell, beat some protesters with batons. One group of demonstrators formed a line and bowed in the traditional Muslim prayer, television images showed. Most held their line as the police moved in. Army police detained dozens of people, a witness said. After initially fleeing, protesters poured back into the square.

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More than 1,000 injured in protests

Monday, November 21, 2011 - 01:20