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Mohamed Mahmoud clashes: The day the few stood against the many

On 18 and 19 November four years ago, hundreds of protesters demonstrated against the controversial constitutional principles of the El-Selmy document, which gave the military excessive powers over elected members of parliament and the constituent assembly responsible for drafting the new constitution. At the time, several political entities gave the ruling military council warning before …

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380 to face trial for November violence

By AFP CAIRO: A police officer nicknamed the “eye sniper” and 379 other people are to face trial over the deadly anti-military clashes in Cairo last November, Egypt’s official MENA news agency reported on Sunday. Lieutenant Mahmoud Al-Shinnawi, who earned the nickname after having allegedly aimed rubber bullets at protesters’ heads, is among those referred …

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Tahrir to remain closed until demands are met, say protesters

By Amir Makar and Lina Marwan CAIRO: Protesters in Tahrir Square were divided over opening it to traffic as numbers dwindled, with suggestions ranging from moving the sit-in to outside the cabinet headquarters to calling it off altogether. The sit-in in its current form started on Nov. 19 following a violent crackdown on a much smaller …

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Police ‘eye sniper’ turns himself in: official

By AFP CAIRO: A policeman nicknamed the “eye sniper” after he was filmed apparently aiming rubber bullets at protesters’ heads during clashes in Cairo has handed himself in for questioning, a senior police official said. The lieutenant, Mahmoud Al-Shinnawi, will undergo questioning by state prosecutors over his actions during clashes last week with protesters calling …

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80 hurt in night clashes at Cairo’s Tahrir Square

CAIRO: A security official says about 80 people were hurt when clashes erupted between protesters and angry street vendors at Cairo’s Tahrir Square. The violence broke out after polls closed on Tuesday night following the first two days of voting in Egypt’s parliamentary elections. The protesters, who have camped out for more than 10 days …

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SCAF accepts Cabinet resignation, MOI to pull police from Tahrir

By Safaa Abdoun and Dalia Rabie CAIRO: In a televised statement, head of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi announced that he has accepted the Cabinet’s resignation and that presidential elections will take place no later than June 2012. Tantawi also said that parliamentary elections will be held as …

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28 dead in Egypt clashes: health ministry

CAIRO: The death toll from confrontations between protesters and police around Egypt has reached 28, the health ministry said on Tuesday, as the violence raged into a fourth straight day. Spokesman Mohammed Sherbini said that 26 people had died in Cairo, one in the Mediterranean city of Alexandria and one in the canal city of …

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As crowds swell in Cairo, military in crisis talks

By Ben Hubbard /AP CAIRO: A crowd of tens of thousands swelled in Cairo’s Tahrir Square Tuesday, demanding that Egypt’s military leaders quickly hand over power to a civilian government. The ruling military council held crisis talks with leaders of political parties across the spectrum to try to defuse growing calls for a “second revolution.” …

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Egypt military has ‘crushed’ revolution: Amnesty

By AFP CAIRO: Egypt’s military rulers have failed to live up to their promises and have even committed worse rights abuses than the regime of ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Amnesty International said on Tuesday. The London-based watchdog made the criticism in a report that comes after Egyptian police and troops killed at least 24 people …

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Egypt diplomats denounce Tahrir violence

By AFP CAIRO: Dozens of Egyptian diplomats on Monday condemned deadly clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square that have left 24 people dead, calling for “an immediate end to attacks on peaceful protesters.” In a statement, 140 diplomats from the foreign ministry and Egypt’s missions abroad called for “an end to the violence and attacks by …

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Egypt set for mass rally against military rule

By Jailan Zayan /AFP CAIRO: Egyptians are being urged to rally en masse on Tuesday to demand an end to military rule after days of bloody clashes that are threatening to derail next week’s first elections since Hosni Mubarak’s ouster. A day after the cabinet offered to resign, in a move reportedly rejected by the ruling …

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Truce attempts fail to bring calm to Tahrir, protesters call for million-man march

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Attempts to reach a truce between protesters and police failed on Monday as protesters called for a million-man march on Tuesday. In the early hours of Monday, Sheikh Mazhar Shahine of the Omar Makram Mosque tried to negotiate a truce between both sides clashing since Saturday. The efforts failed to stop the …

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Prosecution releases 67 of 110 protesters, interrogations continue

By Mai Shams El-Din CAIRO: The general prosecution released Monday 67 protesters arrested during violent clashes with police forces in Tahrir Square, which left more 23 killed and hundreds injured. “The protesters were interrogated by the Kobry El-Kobba, Kasr El-Nil and Abdeen prosecution offices. Sixty-seven of the 110 were released while others are still being interrogated,” …

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Culture minister resigns in protest at Tahrir violence

  CAIRO: Minister of Culture Emad Abou Ghazi resigned Monday "in protest at the government’s handling of the recent events in Tahrir Square," he told state news agency MENA.   “I have resigned and will not take it back. It is true my decision is late, but I won’t reconsider,” Abou Ghazi told state-owned Al-Ahram …

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Injuries overwhelm Tahrir field and nearby hospitals

By Omnia Al Desoukie CAIRO: At field hospital in Tahrir Square, Sunday morning protesters were ferried in, some unconscious and some bleeding. At least 1,000 were taken to the makeshift hospital of the iconic square, said Doctor Mohamed El-Helaly. “At least three died, one of which from rubber bullets,” El-Helaly said. The Ministry of Health said …

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Three killed in Cairo violence as protesters flock back to Tahrir

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: At least three people were killed in fresh violence in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday when police backed by the army charged protesters to disperse a demonstration against military rule, sources from the Health Ministry told the media. A Reuters cameraman had seen a body of one man, identified by activists as …

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Police, protesters clash for 2nd day

By Maggie Michael /AP CAIRO: Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government. The police battled an estimated 5,000 protesters in and around central Cairo’s Tahrir …

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Two dead, 100s hurt in Egypt anti-regime protests

By Samer Al-Atrush  /AFP CAIRO: Two people were killed and hundreds injured in Egypt this weekend as police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protesters in a violent countdown to the first elections since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak. “Down with Tantawi,” hundreds of demonstrators cried in Cairo’s iconic Tahrir Square, referring to the post-Mubarak …

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Thousands rally in Tahrir on Friday of ‘Protecting Democracy’

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: Thousands of protesters flocked to Tahrir Square on Friday, dubbed “Protecting Democracy,” to call for the withdrawal of the controversial constitutional principles proposed by Deputy Prime Minister Ali El-Selmy. They also called on the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to hand over power to civilian rule no later than April …

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Political groups, parties to join Friday protest under different banners

CAIRO: Political movements and Islamist parties said they will take part in Friday protests but under different banners, as amendments to a controversial constitutional principles document remain unclear. The April 6 Youth Movement, the campaign supporting presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abo Ismail and other activists said they will take to the streets under “The Only …

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Three parties boycott Friday protests, others undecided

By Heba Fahmy CAIRO: The Free Egyptians, Al-Karama and the Egyptian Socialist parties alongside the Kefaya Movement and the National Association For Change (NAC) decided to boycott Friday’s protest, while other parties remained undecided, awaiting the Cabinet’s final amendments to a controversial constitutional principles document. “We will hold a meeting after the Cabinet makes its announcement …

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