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Clashes on Qasr Al-Eini Street

Protesters and Central Security Forces clash in Qasr Al-Eini Street after protesters remove concrete barrier

Protester clash with security forces near one of the concrete walls on Qasr Al-Eini Street (Mohamed Omar)
Protester clash with security forces near one of the concrete walls on Qasr Al-Eini Street
(Mohamed Omar)

Clashes have erupted between police and protesters in Qasr Al-Eini Street in downtown Cairo on the eve of the second anniversary of the 25 January Revolution.

The clashes took place on Thursday afternoon, after protesters managed to dismantle one of the concrete barriers erected in Qasr Al-Eini Street. Dozens of protesters cheered after the barrier fell.

Clashes erupted between protesters and Central Security Forces (CSF) waiting on the other side of the barrier almost immediately. State-owned MENA reported that protesters threw rocks at the CSF who responded with tear gas and warning shots.

The Ministry of Interior called on protesters to stay away from the barriers, which they said were erected to protect the public and private property in the area.

Qasr AL-Eini Street is one of the streets that branch from Tahrir Square. Several marches will converge in the square on Friday, the second anniversary of the revolution. Both houses of parliament and the cabinet offices are on Qasr Al-Eini Street.

Five CSF officers were reported injured. It was unclear how many protesters were injured.


See In pictures: Clashes on Qasr Al-Eini Street for more images from the clashes


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  • Reda Sobky

    The role of the police is very ambiguous here and needs to be clarified, are they maintaining order? are they supporting the new regime or are they acting lawfully with minimum force and high respect for citizens? This is a chance to prove it is not old scores and for those who have to maintain order and those who wish to protest can engage in a civil manner and show that something has changed since the revolution and that Egypt is moving away from harsh suppression using the police, to a police that can act to actually protect citizens and property in a lawful manner. It must be clear to each policeman why these people are here and that their dissent is lawful and should be protected also.

  • Reda Sobky

    Intifada Thawriya Li Tassheeh el Masar, that is what I think it is now or maybe I hope this new vigour is about this. I think the Egyptian revolutionary consciousness is generally aware that this is not where it needs to be rather this is a side detour and it is time to get back on the path. Who could possibly see a successful state lead by Ganzabeel and his cabinet of weaklings and half competents, is this the best and the brightest? no it isn’t, why can’t we for once actually have the best and the brightest leading? the current situation pushes loyalists upwards instead of competents hence the pessimism for the future. Even If you have the best tools in the world, if not used efficaciously the result is failure anyway and opportunity wasted. Egypt deserves better than this.

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