Clashes across Egypt on second anniversary of revolution
Clashes between protesters and police have begun again near Cairo’s Tahrir Square at around noon on Friday as Egypt celebrates the second anniversary of the beginning of the January 25, 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak.
Activists and observers reported that protesters were hurling stones at police near a new concrete wall on the main Qasr el-Aini street leading to the square as police fired tear gas at the protesters to disperse them.
It comes after clashes erupted on Thursday after protesters took down the same barrier earlier in the day.
Egypt’s ministry of health reported that at least four people were injured in sporadic clashes on Thursday near central Cairo’s Tahrir Square as police and protesters clashed near the iconic square ahead of Friday’s two-year anniversary of the January 25, 2011 uprising that ousted dictator Hosni Mubarak from power.
Egyptian protesters tore down a wall leading from central Cairo’s Tahrir Square to the two houses of Parliament and begun clashing with police near the Shoura Council, or Upper House of Parliament. It came after small skirmishes between activists and police occurred earlier on Thursday on Qasr el-Aini street in downtown Cairo, spurring the military to erect yet another concrete barrier on the main thoroughfare.
Riot police used tear gas in an effort to disperse the protesters near the parliament building. By evening, the military was already rebuilding the wall taken down by the activists.
Medical teams and ambulances are now stationed outside the square as tension fills the air on the second anniversary of the revolution that ousted Mubarak.
Many activists tell Bikyanews.com that the goals of the revolution have not been fulfilled and accused the Muslim Brotherhood and President Mohamed Morsi of usurping the ideas of the revolution to fit their own Islamic agenda.