Egyptian security forces and protesters clashed for a second successive day in central Cairo on Wednesday in scenes not seen since the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak in February.
Riot police were deployed around the Interior Ministry and were using tear gas to keep the protesters at bay. The demonstrators were responding with rocks and firebombs. The clashes left streets littered with rocks and debris and sent a cloud of tear gas over the area.
So far, Wednesday’s violence was on a much smaller scale than the clashes the previous evening, when some 5,000 protesters battled the police for hours overnight, leaving over 1,000 people injured.
… A key youth group, April 6, described the police’s handling of the protests as “brutal” and called in a statement for a sit-in in central Cairo to protest what it said was the failure to implement many of the revolution’s demands and also to show solidarity with the families of the uprising’s victims.
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