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Police clash with protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square

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Egyptian police on Tuesday clashed with protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, the epicentre of the revolt that swept former president Hosni Mubarak from power five months ago.

Officers fired tear gas to disperse the crowds, while some demonstrators threw stones and fire-bombs. Authorities said at least five civilians and 26 police officers were injured.

The clashes followed a sit-in outside the headquarters of Egyptian state television. The rally was organised by relatives of those killed during the Egyptian revolution but tempers flared when the security forces tried to move them on late on Tuesday.

The protesters later regrouped and tried to access Tahrir Square where, activists say, they were beaten back by police.