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Egypt: Tahrir Square protests surge; 35 killed in 3 days

Last updated on: November 22, 2011 09:35 IST

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At least 35 people have been killed in a fresh wave of clashes in Egypt's iconic Tahrir Square that has cast a shadow on the November 28 elections, the first since Hosni Mubarak's downfall. 

Police and military forces today used batons, tear gas and birdshot to clear the central square of thousands of protesters demanding that the ruling military cede power to a civilian authority. 

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Image: A protester throws a Molotov cocktail (petrol bomb) at riot police during clashes along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square in Cairo
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
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The state TV showed images of the square, the symbolic heart of protests that toppled Mubarak in February, with tear gas canisters smoking.

However, earlier in the day, a state TV station had reported a truce between the security forces and the protesters on Tahrir, mediated by Shaykh Mazhar Shahin, the Imam of Umar Makram mosque situated in the square.  

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Image: Protesters run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square
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The agreement stipulated the protesters to remain in the square and the security personnel around the ministry of interior with the army in a neutral zone. 

The morning truce was announced after several people were killed on Sunday, kicking off a violent countdown to the country's first elections since the end of Mubarak's 30-year-rule. Overnight clashes left several dead and 1,700 injured in Tahrir square. 

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Image: Protesters run from tear gas fired by riot police during clashes along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square in Cairo
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It was the second day of violence in the Egyptian capital, following a peaceful anti-military mass rally on Friday.

Egypt's cabinet, which held crisis talks for several hours before moving en masse to the headquarters of the ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces for another meeting, said in a statement that parliamentary elections scheduled for November 28 would go ahead.


Image: A protester has his eyes washed with milk to protect against tear gas during clashes with riot police along a road which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square in Cairo
Photographs: Amr Abdallah Dalsh/Reuters
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