December 19th, 2011
05:16 AM ET

Protesters battle for control of Egypt's Tahrir Square

Police and military troops clashed Monday with protesters in Egypt's Tahrir Square, the symbolic center of the uprising that brought down President Hosni Mubarak earlier this year.

At least two protesters were killed, according to field doctor Ahmed Khalil, bringing the total number of dead in protests to 13 since Friday.

Monday was the fourth day that pro-democracy demonstrators battled Egyptian security, their anger stoked by images of a military police officer stomping on a woman's exposed stomach over the weekend.

Gigi Ibrahim, a prominent activist who was present at the clashes early on Monday, accused the army and police of firing "indiscriminately."

"They stormed into the square destroying cars, shops and even the field clinic and they will blame it on protesters," he said.

Control of the square has gone back and forth between the protesters and security forces, who have fired live ammunition, bird shot and tear gas.

"Dozens of detainees arrested during the clashes have suffered serious injuries that need medical attention," said Ragia Omran, a lawyer who volunteers to assist detained protesters, who said some prosecutors were allowing wounded to be transferred to hospitals and some were not.

But Major Mohamed Askar of the Supreme Council of Armed Forces, which rules Egypt, said protesters were capturing and wounding soldiers.


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soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. banasy©

    La di da di di
    La di da di da
    And the beat goes on...

    December 19, 2011 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Gawd, I just love this peace and harmony that they've acheived.

    December 19, 2011 at 10:24 am | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    Hey, bc(iah).
    No doubt.
    I'd love to know just what the fook they're protesting against now.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:01 am | Report abuse |
    • Wael ElMasry

      I am an Egyptian , and this is why we are protesting.
      – The SCAF lied to us , around 1000 protester died in 7000 injured in 25 Jan , and non of the police officers went to jail/court.
      – Currently arround 15000 protesters in military jails without a reason.
      – They are currently firing the protesters , many are dying weekly in the demonstration.
      – The keep saying lies about transfer of power to an elected president , they dont wanna do so , and the are expanding the transition period without a reason.
      – The minster if interior is saying that we didnt fire at any protester , and many found dead due to a head/heart shots.
      – Last demonstration in November , they spraying chemicals on the protesters (prohibited chemical weapons)

      December 20, 2011 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat ( in a hat )

    Hey banasy.

    I don't either. They protest to get rid of the government. They get their wish. I'm afraid they may have stepped into an era of sharia law, and now they'll really have something to bi tch about.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    One must be very careful what they wish for, bobcat.

    December 19, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    Omg are you guys serious?? You dont know WHAT they are protesting about for real? They want DEMOCRACY, they dont want to be under MILITARY rule, and would you?

    December 19, 2011 at 11:43 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat ( in a hat )


    Democracy is what they want, but with the islamics having such a dominance in parliament, it may not be the democracy they're looking for.

    December 19, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. chrissy

    true bobcat, they could end up with the mess we have, but its still better than what they presently have!!

    December 19, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hussain

    From an Egyptian who has been there all the time, A very few number of people from mainly the families of the victims of the previous revolution "A hundred or so" were protesting in order to get some sort of compensation from the government as some of them lost who has been providing the family, then with an extremely stupid move the Police attacked them and killed a couple of them and that was the sparkle, later on after the government resigned and a new government was formed Tahrir square was a lot more quiet and a very few number of people remained there. and that's chapter one
    A while later a group of people where protesting in front of the Council of Ministers some, and here is the funny part, they were playing soccer I SWEAR TO GOD THIS IS the TRUTH when the ball accidentally fell in the council one of them went to get it and for an unknown reason they beat the hell out of him so when he came back to the protesters beaten and Bleeding everyone got furious that's when we engaged with the army.

    December 19, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Rob Shore

    worth taking a look at this video about how to talk about the occupy wall street movement around the dinner table this holiday season.

    December 20, 2011 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |