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Calm return to Cairo as police disperse protesters

12-20-2011 18:55 BJT

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Relative calm is returning downtown Cairo, after police dispersed hundreds of protesters rallying in Tahrir Square overnight.

The square has now been re-opened to traffic, after being closed for several hours, in the wake of days of violent clashes between protesters and riot police. Bullet cases and debris are still scattered around the square -- evidence of the clashes just a few hours earlier.

13 people have died in the violence since Friday, while hundreds of demonstrators have been wounded and scores detained. On Monday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon accused the Egyptian police of using excessive force in the post-election unrest.

Editor:Xiong Qu |Source: CNTV.CN

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