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Second day of clashes in Egypt could lead to second revolt

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Leila Fadel
Washington Post
November 20, 2011

CAIRO — Police continued to fire tear gas and rubber bullets into crowds of angry protesters on Sunday morning as doctors treated the wounded in a makeshift clinic set up in an alley way mosque in the center of the capital.

Demonstrators vowed to stay until the military leadership, the defacto rulers of Egypt, fulfilled their demands and set a date to hand over power to a civilian government. In Tahrir Square, the epicenter of Egypt’s 18-day uprising, the signs of a second large-scale revolt, were everywhere just eight days before the start of parliamentary elections. But this time the target is the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, who appear to be broadening and consolidating power just before Egypt’s first post-revolt election.

“This is a war for freedom,” said Sara Mohammed, 19, a mass communications college student. She’d slept in the streets on Saturday and returned after a midterm to drop off food and medicine for the wounded. “We didn’t complete our revolution. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is in power and they were with Hosni Mubarak for 30 years. We stayed 18 days and we got Mubarak out and we’ll do it again.”

Saturday and Sunday’s confrontation with police was reminiscent of the most violent days of the revolt that drove President Hosni Mubarak out of power as liberal and Islamist activists worked jointly to battle riot police officers.

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