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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Protest in Cairo Notes Another Anniversary

As Reuters reports, protesters were cleared from Tahrir Square on Tuesday night, after a day of demonstrations dedicated to the memory of dozens of activists who were killed by the security forces on this date two years ago.

Pierre Sioufi, an activist blogger who has documented the waves of uprising from an apartment above the square since 2011, reported late Tuesday on his @Kikhote Twitter feed that the square had been cleared.

Earlier Tuesday, hundreds of protesters had marched to the square to note the anniversary of deadly clashes in 2011 on Mohamed Mahmoud Street, at the edge of Tahrir. They marched past fresh graffiti on the walls in the form of pink and red camouflage.

In advance of the commemoration, a police spokesman promised to defend those marking the anniversary, without noting that the protesters who died were mostly killed by police gunshots. The activist film collective Mosireen set the spokesman’s statement against footage of officers firing at protesters on Mohamed Mahmoud two years ago, and again last year, when more were killed on the first anniversary of the clashes.

Video of the deadly clashes on Mohamed Mahmoud Street in Cairo in 2011 and 2012, edited together with a statement from the police in honor of those killed by the police.

The journalist Sarah El Sirgany noted that the police continue to deny that their forces were responsible for killing the protesters in broad daylight during the clashes in 2011, despite apparently clear video evidence.

Video posted online by the independent Cairene newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm showed that, at one stage in the evening, many of the protesters paused to watch Egypt’s doomed attempt to qualify for the World Cup, which was projected onto screens in the square.

Al-Masry Al-Youm video of protesters and soccer fans in Tahrir Square on Tuesday night.