Aswat Masriya (Cairo)

22 November 2012

Egypt Arrests 203 in Ongoing Police-Civilian Clashes

Egypt's Interior Ministry has arrested 203 people in the latest Mohamed Mahmoud clashes between protesters and police forces, it said on Thursday.

Legal measures are currently being taken against what the Interior Ministry's statement referred to as the detained "troublemakers".

The statement claimed that 92 police forces were injured in the ongoing clashes that erupted on Monday.

Demonstrations that started out on Monday to commemorate the anniversary of last November's Mohamed Mahmoud events turned into violent clashes with police forces and protesters exchanging attacks.

Egypt's National Council for Human Rights expressed concern on Thursday over the use of force in dealing with the demands of protesters, asking the government to use diplomatic conduct instead.

An eyewitness said on Wednesday that protesters were hurling chunks of cement on security forces who responded with teargas bombs.

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