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Rival groups clash in Cairo streets on protest anniversary


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Rival groups clash in Cairo streets on protest anniversary

A rally to commemorate the deaths of 40 protesters killed two years ago degenerated into clashes in Cairo’s Tahrir Square..

The violence flared after security forces tried to disperse the crowds, mainly secular leftists who were using the anniversary to call for reforms.

In a rare show of criticism by them against Egypt’s security forces, the youths accused the army of failing to meet the the goals of the popular uprising which toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Supporters of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi also turned up but the rival groups began throwing rocks at each other.

The army soon withdrew – careful to avoid too much confrontation on the sensitive anniversary.

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