Sunday, November 20, 2011

Egypt protests: Deadly clashes in Cairo and Alexandria

BBC News,  Nov 20, 2011
 
 The BBC’s Yolande Knell said protesters were angry about the power held by the military

Two people have been killed and more than 600 injured in fierce clashes between protesters and security forces in Cairo and Alexandria.

The clashes came as police moved to prevent a long-term sit-in following a huge demonstration in Cairo against the military leadership on Friday.

Some protesters lobbed rocks and a police vehicle was set on fire.

The latest violence comes just over a week before parliamentary elections are scheduled to begin.

Protesters – mostly Islamists and young activists – have been holding demonstrations against a draft constitution that they say would allow the military to retain too much power after a new civilian government is elected.

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