People protest to mark the one-year anniversary of fatal
clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, near the Interior
Ministry in Cairo. REUTERS/Mohamed Abd El Ghany
At least 61 people have been injured in skirmishes in
central Cairo after police and protesters clashed during the
anniversary of lethal street violence between activists and
Activists called the protest to put pressure on President
Mohamed Mursi to punish those responsible for killings and
abuses during the rule of the generals who assumed power
after Hosni Mubarak was toppled by an uprising in February
The skirmishes erupted at the scene of clashes last year in
which 42 people were killed during protests against the
military council that ran the country before Mursi was
elected in June.
Nineteen people have been arrested in the latest round of
violence, in which protesters hurling stones and petrol bombs
at police guarding the ministry were repelled with teargas.
The public prosecutor has ordered an investigation, said the
state news agency MENA, giving the figures for the arrested
Last year's street battles started when police pulled down
the tents of protesters who had camped overnight in Tahrir
Square - the heart of the uprising against Mubarak - after a
demonstration against the generals.
That prompted thousands of protesters to return to the square
and clashes erupted. The violence became known as the
"Mohamed Mahmoud events" after the street in which they took
place. The street is located off Tahrir Square.
In the latest protest, stones and empty bottles were hurled
and 24 people were injured, including four policemen, by the
early hours of Tuesday morning.
Some activists said the police had used force on Monday to
try to stop protesters from taking down concrete barriers
which have blocked off roads to the Interior Ministry since
Television footage showed different groups of people present
in the area from the previous evening.
The footage showed children and teenagers, some of them
carrying school backpacks, taking part. Some were shown
throwing rocks at buildings. One youth was pictured using a
fire extinguisher to smash a window.
Protests, which have become frequent in Egypt since Mubarak's
overthrow, often begin calmly before attracting what some
democracy activists have described as delinquent youths
looking for trouble.