Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Violence on second voting day in Egypt, 80 injured

Taiwan News, 2011-11-30 (Associated Press)

Protesters, including a man holding a banner with Arabic writing that reads,

At least 80 people were wounded Tuesday night when new clashes in Cairo's Tahrir Square broke out in the second day of parliamentary elections in Egypt.

Twenty seven of the wounded were taken to hospital, the official MENA news agency reported.

Youths threw petrol bombs, fired guns and threw rocks near Cairo's Tahrir Square, where protesters have been demonstrating against military rule in Egypt.

The violence disrupted what had been two largely peaceful days of voting in the first phase of a parliamentary election, the first since President Hosni Mubarak was ousted in February.

An organizer of the protest said the trouble started when an unidentified group had tried to enter the square. State media said the clashes had involved protesters and street vendors but this could not be independently verified.

Leading reformist politician Mohamed ElBaradei said "thugs" had attacked the sit-in demonstration.

Over the past two weeks, at least 42 people have been killed in clashes as protesters in Tahrir Square called for an immediate end to military rule. 3,250 have been wounded, according to the Egypt's Health Ministry.

The first stage of the lower house elections finished on Tuesday as polling booths closed at 7 pm, with a generally peaceful process and a high turnout.

Elections for the lower house are scheduled to take place in three stages, based on geography. The last of the three stages is set to take place in January.

The lower house will be tasked with drafting Egypt's new constitution

Upper house elections will run between January and March.

Presidential elections will be held by June, according to the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, Egypt's military ruling body.
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