tahrir square

tahrir square

Egypt - protests in Tahrir Square - 2011

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Egyptian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and beat protesters to clear thousands of people from a central Cairo square on Wednesday after the biggest demonstrations in years against President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian rule. ++NIGHT SHOTS++ 1. Various of protesters clashing with police in Tahrir square, UPSOUND gunshots and sirens 2. Mid of police firing into the air from top of armoured vehicle 3. Wide of police firing into the air from armoured vehicle, protesters throwing objects at vehicle, UPSOUND (Arabic) Protesters shouting: "God is great" 4. Mid of police firing from top of armoured vehicle, water cannon in background 5. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Wounded protester, Vox pop: "We are not humans, they are beating us like dogs. God will punish them." 6. Wide of police firing from top of armoured vehicle, water cannon in background STORYLINE Egyptian police fired tear gas and rubber bullets and beat protesters to clear thousands of people from a central Cairo square on Wednesday after the biggest demonstrations in years against President Hosni Mubarak's authoritarian rule. Two protesters and a police officer were killed in the nationwide demonstrations inspired by Tunisia's uprising, which also demanded a solution to Egypt's grinding poverty and were likely to fuel growing dissent in a presidential election year. Mobilised largely on the Internet, the waves of protesters filled Cairo's central Tahrir - or Liberation - Square on Tuesday, some hurling rocks and climbing atop armoured police trucks. Protesters chanted slogans against Mubarak as thousands of riot police deployed in a massive security operation that failed to quell the protests. As night fell, thousands of demonstrators stood their ground for what they vowed would be an all-night sit-in in Tahrir Square just steps away from parliament and other government buildings - blocking the streets and setting the stage for even more dramatic confrontations. A large security force moved in around 1 a.m. on Wednesday (2300 GMT on Tuesday), arresting people, chasing others into side-streets and filling the square with clouds of tear gas. The sound of what appeared to be automatic weapons fire could be heard as riot police and plainclothes officers chased several hundred protesters who scrambled onto the main road along the Nile in central Cairo. Discontent with life in Egypt's authoritarian police state has simmered under the surface for years. However, it is Tunisia's popular uprising, which forced that nation's autocratic ruler from power, that appears to have pushed young Egyptians into the streets, many for the first time. Dubbed a "day of revolution against torture, poverty, corruption and unemployment," Tuesday's protests in cities across Egypt began peacefully, with police at first showing unusual restraint in what appeared to be a calculated strategy to avoid further sullying the image of a security apparatus widely criticised as corrupt and violent. But as crowds filled Tahrir Square - waving Egyptian and Tunisian flags and adopting the same protest chants that rang out in the streets of Tunis - security personnel changed tactics and the protest turned violent. After remaining silent throughout the day, Egypt's government called on Tuesday night for an end to the protests. The dead in Tuesday's violence included a policeman who was hit in the head with a rock in Cairo, and two protesters who died in the city of Suez east of Cairo, an Interior Ministry official said. Nearly half of Egypt's 80 (m) million people live under or just above the poverty line, set by the United Nations at 2 US dollars a day. The widespread poverty, high unemployment and rising food prices pose a threat to Mubarak's regime at a time when tensions between Muslims and Christians are adding to the nation's woes. You can license this story through AP Archive: http://www.aparchive.com/metadata/youtube/f4f298969b725739251a1af9cb9f88c2 Find out more about AP Archive: http://www.apa...