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» 10/13/2012
EGYPT
Cairo, Young Democrats and Muslim Brotherhood clash. Hundreds of wounded
The two demonstrations took place simultaneously in the historic Tahrir Square. The situation degenerated when a group of Islamists attacked the stage of the young liberals with stones, Molotov cocktails and pellet guns. The young liberal parties protest against the Constituent Assembly dominated by Islamists. The Muslim Brotherhood against the acquittal of 24 members of the former regime of Mubarak, the alleged perpetrators of the "battle of the camels."

Cairo (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Violent clashes with hundreds of casualties yesterday in Tahrir Square during a double protest by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and militant democratic movements. The first was a protest against the courts verdict which acquitted 24 officials of the former regime of Mubarak believed to be responsible for the "Battle of the Camel" during the Jasmine Revolution. The Young Democrats instead took to the streets to challenge the first 100 days of President Mohammed Morsi and the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood accused of monopolizing the institutions of the Constituent Assembly and the courts, upholding justice only for their affiliates. The violence broke out when a group of Morsi supporters attacked and burned the stage set up by young liberals and progressives. In a short time the entire area surrounding the square was turned into a battlefield with stone throwing on either side, cars set on fire and barricades.

According to members of the democratic April 6 movement, born during the Jasmine Revolution, the Muslim Brotherhood did not have permission to demonstrate. "Our sit-in - said one of the young people - was authorized by the police several months ago. The verdict of 'battle of the camels' dates to 11 October." According to witnesses, members of the Brotherhood have occupied the square with their coach trying to disrupt the demonstration against the Constituent Assembly. The assault on the stage which was starting the rally sparked the anger of young people who took it out on vehicles parked on the sides of the square. The police clashes believe the clashes were caused by groups of thugs hidden among protesters.

"Everyone always blames these thugs - said one of the protesters - but who are they? We reacted when the Muslim Brotherhood began throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at us for no reason, some even had guns with lead pellets, which have hurt some guys the legs. Ours was an exasperated reaction. "

Ali Abdel-Menoim, another young man, said: "I am against those who burn buses, but also against the Muslim Brotherhood, which came to a peaceful protest with stones, sticks and guns." Ali says that he traveled overnight from Upper Egypt to participate in the demonstration against the Constituent Assembly. "I have traveled thousands of miles to make my voice heard - he says - I do not want the constitution to be monopolized by a group of extremists." In the early hours of this morning, the square was still occupied by the protesters, who after the flight of the Muslim Brotherhood began to chant anti-Morsi slogans, comparing him to former President Mubarak.

 


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See also
11/18/2011 EGYPT
Islamist parties take to the street against the military, threaten violence
11/29/2011 EGYPT
Elections: few incidents, many women at polling stations
11/25/2011 EGYPT
Al Azhar backs Tahrir Square protesters, calls for the defence of Christians
07/29/2011 EGYPT
Tens of thousands of people in Tahrir Square to protect Egypt’s Arab and Islamic identity
07/05/2013 EGYPT
Egypt: Army gives go ahead to Muslim Brotherhood's peaceful demonstrations

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