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Saturday, January 26, 2013

EGYPT | Cairo At least 5 dead and 250 wounded in the violent revolution anniversary


The central Tahrir Square the kilometer 0 of the riots, is back this Friday to the liturgy of the shocks . Hundreds of demonstrators have clashed since dawn security forces hours before confluyesen in place marches called by the president's opponents, the Islamist Mohamed Mursi, to celebrate the second anniversary of the start of the revolution that defeated Hosni Mubarak. The clashes, which have spread to the cities of Alexandria and Suez , have left at least 250 injured. According to the state newspaper 'Al Ahram', five protesters died in the port city of Suez in clashes with police around the seat of the municipal government. The union chief Mohamed Salama Local doctors indicated that wounds suffered real and buckshot ammunition. There are also dozens of casualties with serious injuries on the face and chest, he added. The information has not been confirmed by official sources. In the town of Ismailia the crowd set fire to a headquarters of the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood. Among the injured, a Spanish figure who witnessed the crash of Qasr al Aini central street of Cairo . The Spanish embassy in Cairo has stated that the Spanish have been injured during clashes in Cairo, adding that "his life is not in danger." "You are receiving adequate medical careand the embassy is in touch with his family "the embassy added.

The counter

At dusk, the marches from different parts of the capital reached the heart of the riots where protests took place in relative calm except for sporadic clashes between protesters and soldiers that housed some surrounding streets. 's main opposition leaders did act presence at the meeting . Both the general secretary of the Arab League Amr Moussa as the Nobel Peace Prize Mohamed ElBaradei or Nasserist Hamdin Sabahi, which came third in the presidential elections of May last participated in the call. The isolated outbreaks of violence continued throughout the day.Since early Friday, the youths threw petrol bombs and stones at the soldiers as they tried to approach the concrete walls that mutilate the center of Cairo and protect several state buildings. In the battle, several tents set up by protesters in Tahrir were burned by Molotov cocktails and a small fire hit a training center of the Ministry of Industry, adjacent to the building of the Institut d'Egypte, restored after it burned to the Similar riots flames recorded on December 17, 2011. Yesterday the protesters tried to break down the wall that surrounds the seats of Parliament and the Council of Ministers but security forces managed to repair the wall. Meanwhile, in Alexandria police fired tear gas that had gathered outside the court and the people of Suez, Luxor, Kafr al-Sheikh or Mahalla el Kubra also joined the protests. In anticipation of new skirmishes, the interior ministry warned that it would comply with its work to protect public and private facilities and prevent any attempt to "violate the legitimacy". The agents remained on alert for protests and the verdict scheduled for Saturday on the sinking of Port Said Stadium that left more than 70 people last year. In a speech to mark the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, the president urged the anniversary "in a civilized and peaceful nation that safeguards, institutions and lives. " Mursi reiterated the existence of the existence of a "counterrevolution" concocted by "remnants of the Mubarak regime."

Two years of political transition

After 24 months of popular uprising, Tahrir throws the flash of the deep division in the country . Closer to the reply of the celebration, the secular opposition to the Muslim Brotherhood and its Salafist allies (sticklers) come together under the slogan "No to the State of the Brotherhood. Revolution Constitution." Among the organizers include the Constitution Party of Nobel Peace Prize Mohamed ElBaradei and the Nasserist formations and movements, socialist and revolutionary. "We must ensure that the poor can eat, patients can receive health care, education and all children are treated with dignity," said ElBaradei in a video posted on YouTube in which he encouraged to join the marches that start from different neighborhoods of the capital in order to "demand a Constitution for all Egyptians" . The Constitution, adopted by most Islamist boycott of secular and Christian and ratified in a referendum last December, has widened the gap between Islamists and secularists. While Tahrir settles scores with two eventful years of political transition, the bearded limited to remember the anniversary with an eye on the parliamentary elections to be held in the coming months.The Brotherhood, with a wide network of charity, has launched the campaign 'Together we build Egypt' through which provide housing to the needy, plant trees, reform schools, distribute food and clean the streets . Opponents who have taken Tahrir focus their proclamations unfulfilled demands of the uprising, as the song of "bread, freedom and social justice" - and blame the government for being unable to stop a severe economic crisis and preventing "poverty, rising prices, insecurity and mismanagement. " Result of political instability, the government deficit has soared , the depreciation of the Egyptian pound against the dollar in recent weeks reached a record high and therefore foreign exchange reserves as foreign investment has plummeted. In addition, the country has suffered a string of tragic train accidents and collapsed buildings that reveal the deterioration of infrastructure and add to the decline of public education and health.In seven months in the palace, Mursi also has failed to end the impunity of the police apparatus brutal or provide relief justice to victims of the riots and three decades of dictatorship.

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