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Egyptian protesters remain defiant; reject Army’s concessions


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Protesters run for cover during clashes with the Egyptian riot police near Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday. (PTI)

Cairo: Fresh riots erupted in Egypt on Wednesday as the country sank into deeper crisis with thousands of pro-democracy protesters clashing with the police, leaving three people dead to swell the toll in five days of rioting to 41.

The protesters remained defiant and refused to budge from the Square, symbolising the country’s Spring revolution as huge mass of people demanded an immediate end of military rule, rejecting the Army’s overture of holding a referendum for immediate transfer of power to civilian authorities.

Clashes broke out at Mohammad Mahmud, just off the Tahrir Square, which has now become the epicentre of anti-military protest and later health department officials said, three people were brought dead to the hospital, including a 10 year old child.

Police and para military forces barricaded all roads leading to the square, shooting tear gas and cane charging the protesters.

Despite calls by the Army and the police, protesters are refusing to move out from the area, forcing direct confrontation with authorities.

Chanting “Leave”, “Leave”, to the Army, the protesters for the fifth day in a row clashed with the police in five days of unrest across the country, which has also left more than 2,000 wounded. (PTI)


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