Third Day of Violence Rocks Cairo

Posted December 18th, 2011 at 6:45 am (UTC-5)
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Egyptian protesters and security forces clashed for a third straight day Sunday. Ten people have been killed and hundreds have been wounded since the violence began Friday.

Soldiers have chased and beat rock-throwing demonstrators attempting to gather in Cairo's Tahrir Square. Some protesters have erected barricades to protect themselves.

The demonstrators are demanding the nation's ruling military immediately step down.

The violence follows Egypt's second round of voting in parliamentary elections – the country's first polling since president Hosni Mubarak's departure in February.

The state-run MENA news agency says the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party and the ultraconservative al-Nour Salafi party appear to have captured the most seats in voting last Monday and Tuesday. The two Islamist parties dominated the first round of voting in late November.

Egypt's ruling military council has said it will only step down once a president has been elected by the end of June, following a protracted series of phased parliamentary polls.

In a televised address, Egyptian Prime Minister Kamal el-Ganzouri said the current demonstrations are not linked to the revolution that resulted in Mr. Mubarak's resignation. The prime minister also said there are some groups that did not want to see Egypt succeed.