Protesters fight off cops at Cairo sit-in
26 February 2013, 18:19
Cairo - An Egyptian security official says protesters have
thrown firebombs and rocks at police who tried to re-open Cairo's central
Tahrir Square, where a sit-in has brought downtown traffic to a standstill for
nearly three months.
The official says police came under assault after they tried
to remove metal barricades and allow traffic to enter the square at dawn on
Tuesday. It remains closed to traffic.
He added that around 70 protesters and street vendors were
arrested during the skirmish at Tahrir, the epicenter of anti-government
protests in Egypt. He spoke anonymously in line with regulations.
Many Cairo residents complain that the overcrowded capital's
already gridlocked traffic has been exacerbated by the sit-in.