Egyptian Soldiers Attack New Protesters in Tahrir Square

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An Egyptian woman walks past a burnt bus at Tahrir Square. Photo: KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty Images

Gunfire and violent clashes erupted in Egypt Saturday morning, as the military reportedly pursued a crackdown on hundreds of new protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square. The demonstrators were calling for Egypt's ruling military council to prosecute former president Hosni Mubarak. Protesters said the army was working in coordination with the police. Tensions between the military and demonstrators reportedly began hours before the raid, as activists "shoved officers, knocking their hats off their heads, and then pursued them as they fled the square." The clashes come as protesters grow increasingly frustrated with the military government currently in control of the country, criticizing the twenty-man council for human-rights abuses and lack of transparency in the decision-making process. [CNN, Guardian UK]