The violence continues in Egypt, four dead

The violence continues in Egypt, four dead

Cairo : Egypt | Feb 03, 2012 at 9:10 AM PST
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CAIRO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Egyptians continue to throw stones at police who shoot live ammunition near the Interior Ministry in Cairo, the second day of events caused by the death of 74 supporters during a football match in Port Said Wednesday.

An army officer, accidentally crushed by a tank, and a protester, reached by a firing buckshot, died in Cairo and two other protesters were killed by police in Suez.

According to the Ministry of Health, incidents that broke out late Thursday were also wounded 400, including a large number of people poisoned by tear gas used to disperse the demonstrators.

Wednesday's violence at a football match between the club and the team Al Masry Al Ahli of Cairo were 74 dead and a thousand injured. Most died from a stampede caused by clashes between fans, but the protesters held the police and the army responsible for this tragedy.

The inability of law enforcement to ensure the safety of the match caused a new wave of criticism against the negligence of military Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (AFSC), in power since the fall of Hosni Mubarak on February 11 2011 and headed by Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, who was long the minister of defense of the former Rais.

Again, the streets near Tahrir Square, which were the scene of deadly violence two months ago became the scene of clashes between police and protesters who see the Ministry of Interior an intact remnant of the old regime .

In the night, ambulances had to force their way through the crowd to clear officers riot police van which had ventured into a street full of protesters, a Reuters reported. The confrontation between the police, holed up in their vehicle, and demonstrators lasted nearly 45 minutes.

Friday morning, the most determined protesters broke through a concrete wall that blocked a street near the Interior Ministry to approach the building. A Reuters reporter heard gunshots and saw the shotgun pellets on the floor.

"We will stay until our rights are recognized. You saw what happened in Port Said?" Shouted a young man of 22 who joined the protest Thursday night after work.

Groups of young revolutionary called for a weekend of events dubbed "Friday of Wrath".

Some speak of manipulation during the events of Port Said and warn against the risk of a cons-revolution would lead supporters of the old regime.

"The crimes committed against the revolutionary forces will not stop the revolution and the revolutionaries do not frighten," proclaims a leaflet printed in the name of "Ultras", organization of football supporters disrupted the violent confrontations with police and has played a role in the defense of Tahrir Square during the uprising against Hosni Mubarak, last winter.

The violence has also won Suez, cradle of the revolution, where the clashes near a police station killed at least two deaths.

"We received two bodies of protesters shot dead," said a doctor at the morgue.

Several stores were destroyed Suez and the facade of the Bank of the Suez Canal was vandalized.

The police protected the headquarters of the security services and building of the Ministry of Justice with barbed wire. The roads are littered around broken glass, and seven vehicles were burned.

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Thousands of protesters again crowded Cairo's Tahrir square demanding Hosni Mubarak's ouster
Thousands of protesters again crowded Cairo's Tahrir square demanding Hosni Mubarak's ouster
Abdel Fattah Hussein is based in Cairo, Kairo, Egypt, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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