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Clashes continue in central Cairo

11-26-2012 07:18 BJT

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Clashes between protesters and police have continued in central Cairo of Egypt. In order to protect the Prime Minister's building and the parliament building, the government has begun building a concrete wall on Tahrir Square.

Supporters and opponents of Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi have still been clashing on the streets of Cairo for a fourth day. The decree by Morsi has turned months of growing polarization into an open battle between his Muslim Brotherhood party and liberals, who fear a new dictatorship.

General view of tents in Tahrir square as protesters and activists continue with
their sit-in, in Cairo, November 25, 2012.

Cairo resident said, "We are not the reason for the clashes."

The situation in Tahrir is grave. Liberal politicians are not in the front line, but they equally are not willing to tell their supporters to quell the violence neither does the police as they seem overwhelmed by the protestors.

Cairo resident said, "No one from the parties tried to stop the violence just us volenteer, we went to the police and told them please these are kids you can’t be this brutal. But they didn’t listen. We haven’t seen such violence since `president Mubarak, on the contrary president morsi is more violent that what we have seen in the past. "

Cairo resident said, "People from this side are hitting back because of the reactions of the police, the police must maintain calm, not throw us with stones and act chaotically. In any place in the world the police would walk with us and protect us not turn against us for expressing ourselves."

To minimize the violence the government decided to build a new concrete wall that is expected to secure the Prime minister’s office and the upper house of the parliament this all intended to lock out protestors in the Tharir square. Pro-liberal supporters are expected to organise a million man protest on Tuesday to pile more pressure on the president, but his supporters have equally organized a counter protest , to support the constitutional declaration.

Mohammed Mursi became the fifth president of Egypt in June - more than a year after protests that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak.

Reporter: "When the military council ruled Egypt, it built concrete walls to separate the police forces from the protesters. Today, President Morsi is doing the same, not realizing that he is only treating the symptoms not the cause of the violence."

Egyptian protesters gather in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012.

Protesters throw branches on a bonfire as they clash with Egyptian riot police at
Simon Bolivar Square in Cairo.

Protesters from the Press Syndicate chant anti-Mursi slogans in Tahrir square in
Cairo, November 25, 2012.

Egyptian protesters gather outside the country's high court in Cairo, Egypt,
Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012.

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source:

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