Police clash with demonstrators in Cairo

Published May 11th, 2006 - 01:31 GMT

Violent clashes have reported between Egyptian riot police and demonstrators supporting two pro-reform judges who accused the judiciary of helping to rig last year's parliamentary elections.

 

Several hundred protestors from the Muslim Brotherhood, the Kefaya movement as well as leftist bodies gathered in downtown Cairo and were surrounded by thousands of policemen. "Dozens of members of the Muslim Brothers were arrested," the opposition Islamist movement's spokesman Issam al-Aryan told AFP.

 

Large sections of central Cairo were sealed off to traffic as the political opposition and reformists clashed with state security forces.

 

An AFP reporter saw one protestor lying on the ground being kicked in the stomach by policemen and several others with bloodied faces being whisked away in police vans.

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