Nothing has changed but the faces in Egypt. Hosni Mubarak is gone but mayhem reins as 296 people are wounded in clashes at Tahrir Square Saturday. More than 100 people were hospitalized for broken bones and bruises.
Police and hired thugs attacked 10,000 protesters during an attempted march on the headquarters of the military headquarters in a Cairo district. Demonstrators have staged rallies in different parts of the country the past two week to vent frustration over the lack of reforms and a change from the ruthless policies and corruption that marked the Mubarak regime.
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) accused the “April 6 movement” of sedition and claimed it refrained from using excess force.
The clashes featured street battles by armed men on both sides, and some of the attackers may have been thugs hired by neighborhood residents who want the protesters to take thier anger elsewhere.
Soldiers manned eight tanks at the bridge that leads to the district and fired artillery shells in the air. Many protesters said they were trapped between police and army loyalists.