Down with Assad, Egypt protesters say

2012-09-05 07:55
Bashar Assad. (AFP)

Bashar Assad. (AFP)

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Cairo - Witnesses say Egyptian security forces have clashed with dozens of protesters in front of the Syrian Embassy in Cairo, chanting against the Syrian President Bashar Assad.

A security official says seven protesters were arrested and 16 people were injured, including soldiers, in the stone-throwing clash. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to reporters.

Protesters chanted, "down with the Bashar [Assad] regime". They tried but failed to break through the security cordon surrounding the embassy building to hang a Free Syrian Army flag and take down the official one, witnesses said.

Clashes then spread to nearby US Embassy.

During the 17-month-Syrian uprising, anti-Assad protests in Cairo have been relatively small. Egypt has hosted conferences of Syrian opposition groups.

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