A weekend of clashes between protesters and riot police shows the street remains a battleground for an unfinished revolution.
At least 11 people were reported killed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Sunday, four shot by live bullets according to medical sources.
Security forces drove demonstrators out of the iconic site, destroying what they had left behind, including a makeshift tent camp.
But within an hour thousands had returned to reclaim the birthplace of the revolt that removed Hosni Mubarak in February. They are angry at the army’s grip on power and the slow pace of political reform.
Egypt’s military rulers held urgent talks. The government said next week’s parliamentary poll would start on time.
Violence has flared in several cities this weekend. The overall death toll stands at at least 13 with more than 1,000 people injured.
But whatever the cost, demonstrators seem more determined than ever to pursue their revolution.