Egyptians rally to protest killing of 42 in clashes a year ago

Mon Nov 19, 2012 6:01pm EST
 

CAIRO (Reuters) - Protesters scuffled with Cairo police on Monday during a rally by 5,000 people to mark the first anniversary of the death of at least 42 Egyptian demonstrators during interim military rule.

The demonstration underscored public pressure on elected Islamist President Mohamed Mursi to punish killings and abuses during security crackdowns by the military council that replaced Hosni Mubarak after his fall in a popular revolt last year.

The issue of holding leaders of the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) to account touches a sensitive nerve since the generals intended to ensure immunity from prosecution before they ceded power, diplomats say.

In November 2011, police pulled down the tents of protesters who had camped in Tahrir Square overnight after a demonstration of some 50,000 people, mostly Islamists, against the SCAF.

That prompted thousands of protesters to return to the square and clashes erupted. Police beat protesters with batons and fired rubber bullets and tear gas at them. Protesters broke off chunks of cement from sidewalks to throw back at the police.

The clashes, in which at least 42 protesters died, have since been coined "Mohamed Mahmoud events" after the street in which they took place.

In Monday's demonstration, stones and empty bottles were hurled and 24 people were injured, including four policemen.

"We swear by your blood martyrs, there will be another revolution!" demonstrators chanted on Monday, waving Egypt's flag and posters of people who died during the clashes.

"Down, down with rule by the guide!" they added, suggesting Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Badie pulls the strings even though Mursi officially quit the Brotherhood on taking office.   Continued...

 
An injured demonstrator is tended to by his mother during a protest on Mohamed Mahmoud street to mark the one-year anniversary of fatal clashes on the street, near the Interior Ministry, in Cairo, November 19, 2012. Protesters scuffled with Cairo police on Monday during a rally by 5,000 people to mark the first anniversary of the death of at least 42 Egyptian demonstrators during interim military rule. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany