Dozens Injured in Cairo Clashes

Protesters seek end to military rule
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2011 1:36 AM CDT
A protester flashes the victory sign during clashes with Egyptian security forces in Tahrir Square in Cairo.   (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
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(Newser) – Thousands of protesters clashed with riot police in Cairo last night, leaving dozens injured in the worst unrest the city has seen for months. Security forces fired tear gas as they attempted to reclaim the city's central Tahrir Square. The protesters included many relatives of the more than 800 people killed during the country's uprising, reports the Washington Post.

The slain protesters' families are angered by what they see as the slow pace of prosecution of security forces involved in the killings. Many of last night's protesters, who are calling for an end to military rule, said the government response yesterday was reminiscent of Hosni Mubarak's regime. "The security forces' violence is the same," one protester told AP. "They accuse the people of being thugs, then crack down. It's the same mentality as before the revolution."

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