Security forces arrested 85 protesters after storming Abdel Moneim Riad Square on Saturday evening during demonstrations against the acquittal of Hosni Mubarak, according to a Cairo Security Chief Ali al-Demerdash.
Among the arrested are at least four journalists, according to the Hisham Mubarak Law Center's Facebook page, including Arab Mahab, editor with Masr al-Arabeya, Mustafa al-Sayed, photographer from Youm al-Sabaa, and Mohammed Noor, journalist with Al-Bawabh News.
The protesters were disbursed with tear gas and water cannons after some allegedly began throwing rocks from the overpass above. Demonstrators blamed Muslim Brotherhood groups infiltrating the more liberal protesters and stirring violence. Many demonstrators disbursed into the side streets and police pursued them and began arresting en masse.
Al-Masry Al-Youm earlier reported thousands of protesters turned up to participate in a large demonstration Abdel Moneim Riad Square beside the Egyptian Museum to protest the acquittal passed against former President Hosni Mubarak and former Interior Minister Habib al-Adly.
Demonstrators chanted “down with military rule” and “interior thugs.”
The armed forces closed Tahrir Square earlier in the afternoon in response, barricading the entrances with barbed wire, armored trucks and officers in black balaclavas.
Earlier on Saturday, Mubarak and al-Adly were cleared of charges of killing protesters during the 25 January revolution, what in media was called “the trial of the century.”
By Drew Brammer
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