Tuesday, August 2, 2011

The Egyptian Army forcibly evicted the protesters from the Tahrir square

The Egyptian army and police today forcibly evicted the last protesters camped in Cairo Tahrir Square, the epicenter of the revolution of January 25, sources told Efe security. Members of the security forces stormed the square to open access to the same traffic and dismantling the tents set up there for three weeks.

The eviction sparked riots that caused minor injuries to several people, according to sources, who did not require the number of injured. The police, backed by tanks and armored vehicles pulled out the barbed wire and iron barriers blocking the entrances to the plaza. Before the start of clashes between security forces and protesters, several groups took refuge in the nearby Mosque of Omar Makram, sources said.

However, the arrival of security forces was welcomed by the owners of the shops Tahrir, that these weeks have featured some tension with protesters. According to the official news agency Mena, the police arrested some "thugs" of the regime of former President Hosni Mubarak faced traders.

The soldiers continue to patrol the square, while relatives of the victims insist that the revolution will not leave the area and blocked one of the entrances to it, as political activists. The camping Tahrir began on July 8 to demand an acceleration of political reforms in Egypt and the trial of former regime leaders, and to demand an end to military trials, among other demands.

Yesterday, some groups, like the April 6 Movement decided to leave the square before the start today of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with the intention of giving an opportunity for the new government, sworn on 21 July.

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