Bloody clashes in Tahrir Sq as protesters push for reform

Bloody clashes between protesters and anti-riot police that raged overnight in Cairo’s Tahrir Square erupted in new scuffles yesterday amid mounting frustration with Egypt’s military rulers over the pace of reform.

The health ministry said there were 1,036 injured in the clashes. Those included 120 who were hospitalised and most of whom were later released.

By yesterday evening calm had been restored in central Cairo as protesters made their way to Tahrir Square – the epicentre of protests that toppled president Hosni Mubarak – in response to calls for an open-ended sit-in to push for reforms.

Dozens were arrested in connection with the clashes, including an American and a Briton, state media reported.

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