Troops clash with protesters in Cairo

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Troops clash with protesters in Cairo

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Troops and protesters clashed in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, on Saturday — a day after eight people died there in similar violence.

The violence happened outside the country’s parliament. It follows the second round of voting in Egypt’s three-stage parliamentary elections.

Riot police fired water cannons and used batons in a bid to disperse the crowd.

An estimated three hundred people have been injured in the latest unrest.

Violence that surrounded last month’s mass protests left nearly 40 people dead.

The demonstrators want an immediate end to military rule.

Egypt’s army has ruled the country since former president Hosni Mubarak was forced from power by a popular uprising in February.

It has promised that it will step aside within six months.

But activists believe the military is merely trying to buy time to consolidate its own power.

They say it has continued Mubarak-era policies of torture, repression and rights abuses and has no interest in real democratic reform.