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Two die in Cairo street protests - reports

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Two die in Cairo street protests - reports


‘Friday of Anger’ is the name given to protests by activist groups following the deaths on Wednesday at a football match in Egypt. That anger burst into violence on the streets of Cairo as demonstrators clashed with police.

Medical sources said two people died, reportedly from being asphyxiated by tear gas fired by police. The authorities have confirmed one death.

The crowd, mostly men in their late teens and 20s, reacted to the police action by throwing stones as they advanced to within metres of the Interior Ministry building.

Witnesses said they goaded the security forces guarding it. Earlier a huge concrete barrier blocking the main road to the ministry had been heaved aside by the protesters.

Motorbikes weaved their way through the mass of people taking the injured away.

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