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Lazoghly protesters caught between army, angry residents
Published in Daily News Egypt on 07 - 03 - 2011

CAIRO: Military forces dispersed protests in front of the State Security building in Lazoghly, downtown Cairo on Sunday by firing in the air, as armed residents of the area lined up on the other side throwing stones at protesters.
Protesters who gathered in Lazoghly were trying to break through barricades set up by the army leading the army to fire in the air and disperse the crowd. Two people were seen taken away by military officers. Some were reportedly injured.
Residents of Lazoghly were on the other side throwing stones at protesters and armed with knives, forcing protesters to run into side streets. The army then stood in between protesters and the armed residents forcing them to stop.
Protesters were then chased down Kasr Al-Ainy street and into Tahrir Square.
Earlier on Sunday, a group of protesters had gathered around State Security building in Lazoghly, but the army said it would only allowed 10 people to enter.
The group that entered said they only found shredded paper, empty dungeons and locked offices, causing the remaining protesters to demand they be allowed in.
Minor clashes also erupted earlier when around five thugs arrived on the scene carrying knives. Protesters retaliated with stones sending them away while the army stood idle.


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