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Violence continues on Cairo streets - Middle East - Al Jazeera English

Egyptian soldiers have clashed with hundreds of protesters for a third straight day, pelting each other with stones in the heart of the capital, Cairo.

Al Jazeera's Sherine Tadros, reporting from Cairo on Sunday, described the scene at Tahrir Square, where fighting raged the day before, as "pretty calm", but said clashes continued to erupt near the parliament building.

"What the military have essentially done is created a concrete barrier to block the enterance into that street to stop the protesters coming from Tahrir Square and continuing with their sit in," she said. 

"The protesters, of course, not happy with the situation. They're telling us they have a right to peacefully demonstrate in front of a government building.

"The skirmishes are taking place...across that concrete wall between the military and the protesters."

The violence began on Friday when one



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 12:21:45 PM EST
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Egyptian Soldiers Chase and Beat Unarmed Civilians in Cairo - NYTimes.com

CAIRO -- Egypt's military rulers escalated a bloody crackdown on street protesters on Saturday, chasing down and beating unarmed civilians, even while the prime minister was denying in a televised news conference that security forces were using any force.

In one of the most incendiary developments, video cameras captured soldiers stripping the clothes off women they were beating on the pavement of Tahrir Square.

The contradiction in the military-led government's statements and actions appeared to represent a shift in strategy by the military council. After trying for months to preserve some credibility and collaboration with the Egyptian political elite, the ruling generals on Saturday scarcely acknowledged the demands made by their newly appointed civilian advisory council the night before that the military cease its violence and apologize to demonstrators.



The fact is that what we're experiencing right now is a top-down disaster. -Paul Krugman
by dvx (dvx.clt št gmail dotcom) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 12:22:24 PM EST
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hillary...calling hillary! who's funding the mew military in egypt? gonna miss this bus too?

'The history of public debt is full of irony. It rarely follows our ideas of order and justice.' Thomas Piketty
by melo (melometa4(at)gmail.com) on Sun Dec 18th, 2011 at 07:39:25 PM EST
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