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Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes

Hundreds injured in Cairo clashes
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A curfew has been imposed around Cairo’s Defence Ministry, after protesters clashed with security forces. According to health officials, more than 300 people were injured. There are also reports of three deaths.

Demonstrators turned out to renew their calls for an end to military rule. They are also furious about candidates being barred from standing in the upcoming presidential election.

“We are getting killed here,” one protester said.

“This is the army that is supposed to protect us, this is Mubarak’s army.”

The crowd hurled projectiles and insults at soldiers, sent in to shield the Defence Ministry after 11 people were killed in fighting there on Wednesday. The army responded by firing water cannon and then tear gas.

Egypt’s presidential election is less than three weeks away and there is a real suspicion amongst protesters that the military will continue wielding power.