Police clash with protestors in Cairo

Published May 18th, 2006 - 10:47 GMT

Egyptian police beat protestors and arrested members of the Muslim Brotherhood Thursday near a courthouse in downtown Cairo where two hearings for pro-reform leaders were scheduled to take place. According to the AP, police sources said they had detained some 100 of the Muslim Brotherhood's members, along with one of its leaders, Essam al-Erian.

 

Other demonstrators were from the pro-reform Kefaya movement whose members include secularists and Islamists.

 

A disciplinary hearing was scheduled Thursday for two judges who spoke to the media about allegations of fraud during 2005's parliamentary elections. At least one of the justices, Hesham El-Bastawisy, would not be attending because he underwent an emergency heart operation Wednesday. Security banned the media from being present during the hearing.

 

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