At least seven people have reportedly been killed amid renewed clashes in Egypt over the army’s future role in government. Four of those the result of live rounds being fired into the crowd.
Riot police have been firing tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds, in a bid to control large crowds in Cairo’s Tahrir Square over the last two days. Along with the deaths another 700 have been reported injured.
The scenes were reminiscent of the 18-day revolt against Hosni Mubarak in February.
Fighting has also spread to other cities including Alexandria and Suez. Elections are due next week, but many protesters believe the army council is secretly plotting to remain in power no matter what.
“The police force still has the same old regime controlling it. The police hasn’t changed, their tools haven’t changed, they still use excessive force against protesters,” said one man who paraded empty tear gas canisters.
So far, the government has given no sign that it is willing to tear up a draft constitution that would give the army exclusive authority over its internal affairs and budget.
Staggered voting is due to begin on November 28th but the move could be delayed if the violence spreads.