26 Feb '11, 2pm

Egypt army apologises for beating Tahrir protesters

Egypt army apologises for beating Tahrir protesters

CAIRO: Egypt's ruling military council apologised on Saturday after military police beat protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square, but activists called for fresh protests to denounce violence by the authorities. A security official and witnesses said that military police surrounded protesters shortly after midnight, beating them with batons and using tasers to disperse a crowd of several hundred that had gathered to push for reforms. The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that "what happened late Friday was the result of unintentional confrontations between the military police and the youth of the revolution." It stressed that it "did not and will not issue orders to attack the youth, and all measures will be taken to ensure this will not happen again." In a second statement, the armed forces said they would "immediately release all the youth of the January 25 revolution ...

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