In pictures: Deadly clashes erupt in Egypt

Egypt's biggest demonstration in months sparks chaos and bloodshed in fighting between riot police and protesters.

    1) Clashes erupted between riot police and protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square on November 19 after police dispersed a sit-in by demonstrators demanding the ruling military transfer power swiftly to a civilian government. Around 100 protesters had camped in the square overnight after Friday's demonstration, which had gathered some 50,000 people, mostly Islamists [Reuters]

     

    2) Protesters threw stones at police during the clashes. At least one person was killed in the Cairo protests, and hundreds of others were injured [Reuters]

     

    3) Crowds swarmed an armored police vehicle, rocking it and setting it ablaze [Reuters]

     

    4) Demonstrators are angry with alleged attempts by the Egyptian military to grant themselves special powers over the next elected government [Reuters]

     

    5) The number of protesters swelled to several thousand as news of the scuffles spread in the city, and thousands more riot police streamed into the square, blocking entrances and clashing with protesters [Reuters]

     

    6) Since February, most rallies in Egypt have been led by liberal- or left-leaning groups, but Islamists dominated Tahrir Square's biggest demonstration in months [Reuters]

     

    7) After six hours of clashes, police had appeared to gain control of Tahrir Square, but violence spread throughout Egypt [Reuters]

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


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