Injuries mount as Cairo clashes enter second day

2011-06-29 09:39

Cairo – About 50 people were injured in overnight clashes between protesters and police in central Cairo, officials said, as new scuffles erupted this morning.

Anti-riot police were deployed around Tahrir Square – the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak in February – and near the interior ministry building in central Cairo, an AFP reporter said.

This morning, protesters hurled stones at security forces who responded with teargas, but the clashes were on a smaller scale than last night’s confrontations, the correspondent said.

Egypt’s ruling military council, which took power when Mubarak was forced from power, warned that an attempt was being made to destabilise the country.

“The regrettable incidents in Tahrir Square are designed to destabilise the country and pit the revolutionaries against the police,” the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said in a statement.

The clashes “have no reason behind them except to destabilise Egypt’s security and stability in accordance with a carefully thought out and organised scheme,” SCAF said.

The army urged citizens “not to give in to such schemes but to abort them to protect the country’s safety and security”. 

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