Clashes in Tahrir square

epa03012409 A general view shows women protesters in Tahrir square in Cairo, Egypt, 22 November 2011. According to media reports, clashes erupted on 21 November between security forces and protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square, rallying against the country’s military rulers and demanding a rapid transition to civilian rule. At least 20 people were killed in Cairo over the weekend in clashes between protesters and security forces. Thousands of protesters poured into Tahrir on 21 November, faced down by security forces, backed by military police. Government forces used tear gas and batons to disperse the demonstrators. Activists say rubber bullets and shotguns were also used. The violence flares up around a week before Egyptians go to the polls to elect a new parliament. EPA/MOHAMED OMAR

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