Protesters in the Egyptian capital were met with tear gas and water cannons as police tried to control the crowd Tuesday, the New York Times reports.
Thousands of protesters clashed with the police in the Egyptian capital on Tuesday as anti-government activists energized by events in Tunisia sought to transform Police Day, a national holiday, into a “day of revolution.”
The demonstrators quickly swelled in number as they snaked through winding streets and converged on the central Tahrir Square, where they met security forces in full riot gear and a water cannon truck. Clashes began after protesters jumped on the truck and tried to take control of it.
Thousands occupied the square, hurling rocks and beating back several attempts by security forces to disperse them with tear gas. Some in the security force stooped to pick up the rocks and hurl them back at the protesters. A few protesters were seen dismantling a fire truck.
The marchers included young people documenting the clashes with cellphone cameras and middle-aged men carrying flags of the Wafd party, one of Egypt’s opposition groups. Women, some in headscarves and some bareheaded, also marched.
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