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Egypt: Government Denies Using Force As Nine Die At Protests

By Ali Gharib  

"Egypt: Government Denies Using Force As Nine Die At Protests"

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Nine people died and hundreds were injured at clashes outside the military-controlled parliament building in Cairo, Egypt, according to media accounts. The newly appointed civilian government, which advises the country’s Supreme Council of the Armed Forces transitional rulers, denied that the military was using force against protesters, who it accused of setting fires. People both in uniform and not were throwing chunks of concrete down from the roof of the parliament building, reported the New York Times, which ran this Reuters photograph of a protester being beaten at the scene:

Update

Video of the demonstrations, including the beating pictured above, have now been posted to YouTube, starting about 30 seconds into the video. Warning: Some of the scenes contain graphic violence. (HT: Melissa Jeltsen)

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