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Almost 200 Hurt In Cairo's Violent Clashes

Almost 200 Hurt In Cairo's Violent Clashes

6:05pm 29th June 2011
(Updated 7:02am 30th June 2011)

The Egyptian capital Cairo has witnessed the worst protests and violence in the past two days since January's revolution.

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Thousands of people have taken to the streets around Tahrir Square and clashed with police.

Officials said as many as 50 police officers and 130 protesters have been hurt in running battles in the heart of the city.

The unrest reflects growing dissatisfaction with the pace of change since Hosni Mubarak was forced to stand down as president earlier this year.

The protests began when families of some of the 850 revolutionaries thought to have been killed during the uprising started demanding justice for the deaths of their relatives.

A convoy of prison vans taking hated former interior minister Habib al Adli to and from court was stoned by demonstrators.

Protests moved on to the interior ministry and escalated when police were sent in.

In three weeks in January, Egyptians made history by removing their leader.

They routed police from the streets and occupied Tahrir Square in the tens of thousands until Mubarak stood down.

In all that time, the army and the people never took each other on.

The military is revered in Egyptian society and took responsibility for the vital role of maintaining stability during the upheaval.

A temporary ruling military council says it is overseeing a transition to democracy but some fear it plans to stay in control.

Every change of power in more than half a century has ended up with a military man in charge in Egypt.

Proving this revolution is genuine and not a military coup dressed up as a people power uprising is the military's challenge.

Impatience is growing with the slow pace of prosecution of members of the former regime.

There is also a problem with people's expectations.

Many thought their situation would improve immediately after January.

But with the economy hit by the turmoil and political uncertainty that has followed the revolution, life for many has only become tougher.

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