Military starts removing barricades in Cairo

Cairo – The Egyptian military today began removing the barricades around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the popular revolt that drove veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak from power.

As tanks lurched to the sides of the main roads leading into the square, civilian volunteers helped the soldiers to remove the metal barriers, barbed wire and burned wrecks of cars left over from the 18-day uprising.

They also began dismantling the barriers around the nearby national museum, home to a treasure trove of Egyptian antiquities.

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