Police and protesters clash in Egypt
THOUSANDS of Egyptian protesters have clashed with riot police and backers of the president's Muslim Brotherhood, ransacking several offices nationwide as anger over allegations of beatings and power-grabbing boiled over into the largest and most violent demonstrations yet on the doorstep of the powerful group.
As night fell, streets surrounding the Brotherhood headquarters were littered with shattered glass, charred vehicles, stones and gloves stained with blood. The number of injured reached nearly 100.
"We came to the stronghold of the Brotherhood. No more protests in front of the presidential palace because those ruling Egypt are here," said 50-year-old Hamat Awat, a female protester, as black-clad riot police fired tear gas into the crowd yesterday.