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Egypt army forcefully disperses mass Cairo protest

Thousands gathered in Tahrir Square to celebrate two weeks since Mubarak's removal; this was the first time the army used force, such as tasers, against the protesters.

By Amira Hass
26.02.11

Egyptian soldiers fired in the air and used batons in the early hours of Saturday to disperse activists demanding the cabinet appointed by Hosni Mubarak be purged by the country's new military leaders, protesters said.

Thousands had gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square to celebrate two weeks since Mubarak's removal and remind the country's new rulers, who have promised to guard against "counter revolution" of the people's power.

In the gathering in the epicentre of the uprising against the president, activists urged the military, who had promised there would be "no return to the past" of the Mubarak era, to overhaul the cabinet and install a team of technocrats.

But after midnight,


Added: Feb-26-2011 
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Tags: Egypt army, disperse, Cairo protest, Tahrir Square
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