1K Injured in Egypt as Rocks, Molotov Cocktails Fly

Protesters say they want to break into, burn Interior Ministry
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 30, 2011 7:45 AM CDT
Egyptian protesters run as they take cover during clashes with riot police in Tahrir square in Cairo in the early hours of June 29, 2011.   (Getty Images)
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(Newser) – Protests raged for a second day in Cairo yesterday, leaving more than 1,000 people injured—though most only lightly, according to the Egyptian health ministry. Protesters gathered outside the Interior Ministry, hurling rocks and Molotov cocktails as police shot tear gas from behind barricades, the LA Times reports. “We will stay outside the ministry until we avenge to the blood of the revolution’s martyrs,” one protester said. “We want to set this ministry ablaze.”

Egypt’s Interior Ministry was long a symbol of state repression, and still isn’t especially popular. The protesters are decrying how slowly prosecutions of top Mubarak-era officials have progressed—particularly for Interior Minister Habib Adli. Some also called for the resignation of military council boss Mohamed Hussein Tantawi. The military, meanwhile, said in a Facebook post that the protests “had no justification other than to shake Egypt’s safety and security,” according to Reuters.

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