More than 1,000 people were injured in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Wednesday as violence erupted between police and stone-throwing youths.
Five months after former president Hosni Mubarak was forced from power, Egyptians are becoming more and more frustrated at the pace of reform.
“We have been without police security for a while and when they come back they deal with protesters like that, with tear gas, which is prohibited internationally,” said one protester.
An inquiry into the violence looks set to be launched, with support from the United States. US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs William Burns said “We hope that the investigation that has been announced will be fair and thorough and one that will help the political transition that is under way unfold in a peaceful way.”
The ruling military council said that the latest events had “no justification other than to shake Egypt’s safety and security.”