Military forces deployed themselves near Abbasiya Square and the Defense Ministry in Cairo, Egypt on May 5, 2012, after at least 373 people were wounded and one soldier was killed during demonstrations against Egypt's miliary rule. It was the second time that street battles had erupted in a week of chaos, and it was not the first time that death occurred in Abbasiya. Tear gas was shot by troops and protestors threw rocks, bottles, and anything that could be a weapon. The violence in Abbasiya's district is related to the protestors' anger over the military's role in Egypt's transition from army rule to civilian-voted government.
Previously, at least ninety protestors who were demanding the end of military rule were injured when they were attacked on April 29. Protestors in the Abbasiya Square used rocks, firebombs and empty bottles to defend themselves, and the unknown assailants attacked using the same means. That happened late after protestors began to stage a sit-in the night before at the Ministry of Defense, which is near the Abbasiya Square in Cairo. Strangely enough, none of the government's forces attempted to end the three-hour street battle, according to witnesses.
The much-anticipated presidential elections will take place on May 23 to 24, 2012, in Egypt.
Our contributor wrote:
Violent clashes broke out on April 29, 2012 between the military and protestors at Abbasiya. While Abbasiya proper was showered with bullets, tear gas and water cannons by the SCAF, the entrance guarded by the military at the opposite side kept from tipping over the edge of bloodshed. This was the only resistance that day that maintained composure(relatively). Snipers were perched in buildings and 10's of tanks where in position, but the violence remained limited to rock-throwing and hand fights.