More than 60 injured in Egypt clashes

Tue Nov 20, 2012 4:18pm EST
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By Shaimaa Fayed

CAIRO (Reuters) - At least 61 people have been injured in central Cairo, some with bullet wounds, during clashes between police and protesters on the anniversary of lethal street violence between activists and security forces.

Activists called the protest on Monday to put pressure on President Mohamed Mursi to punish those responsible for killings and abuses during the rule of the generals who assumed power after Hosni Mubarak was toppled by an uprising in February 2011.

The skirmishes, which extended into Tuesday, erupted at the scene of clashes last year in which 42 people were killed during protests against the military council that ran the country before Mursi was elected in June.

Some activists said the latest bout of violence began when police forces threw rocks at protesters on Monday to try to stop them from taking down concrete barriers that have blocked off roads to the Interior Ministry since last year. They said they had a court order allowing the barriers to be removed.

Nineteen people have been arrested during the clashes, in which protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs at police guarding the Interior Ministry were repelled with teargas.

Some protesters said security personnel threw stones at them from the top of a school building on Tuesday.

Some of the protesters taken to hospital were severely injured from birdshot and bullets, state news agency MENA said.

A member of the 6th of April youth movement, Gaber Salah, was wounded with birdshot in the head, neck, chest and arms and put on life support in intensive care, MENA said.   Continued...

A protester runs with a tear gas canister, which was earlier fired by riot police, during a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of fatal clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, near the Interior Ministry in Cairo November 20, 2012. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany