Once again, Egypt's Mohammed Mahmoud Street is a theater for violence
Causalities were reported as clashes renewed between protesters and police officers on Tuesday at Mohamed Mahmoud Street while Egyptians rallied to commemorate a five-day long battle that took place last year at the Central Cairo’s avenue.
The rally marks the first anniversary of the bloody clashes that erupted at Mohammed Mahmoud Street near Tahrir Square after security forces used excessive force in November last year to break up a sit-in of protesters who were injured or whose relatives were killed during the January 25 Revolution.
The “Battle of Mohamed Mahmoud Street,” is the term used by Egyptians to refer to last year’s violent clashes.
At least 44 people were injured on Tuesday’s clashes, medical sources told Egypt Independent.
Hassan Nassar, an Egyptian activist who was present at Mohammed Mahmoud Street during last year’s demonstration and who joined the marches on Monday, told Al Arabiya that participants in the rally called for punishing killers of protesters in 2011.
“We went there to call for the punishment that has not come until now,” Nassar said urging Egyptians to remember Mohammed Mahmoud Street victims and the revolution’s main objectives.
Protestors on Monday also raised slogans calling for amending public gatherings laws, restructuring the Constituent Assembly of Egypt and holding accountable all those who are responsible for the recent Assuit’s train crash, which resulted in at least 50 children being killed.
Participants in Mohammed Mahmoud Street’s 2011 protests called on the military, which had come to power following the "Jan 25" Revolution, to hand over power to a civil government and demanded dropping a set of pre-constitutional rules said to grant the military authoritative rights.
“What happened at Mohammed Mahmoud Street was totally unexpected,” Nassar said, adding that “but seeing the family of martyrs and those wounded during the 2011 revolution being abused was something intolerable and uneasy at all.”
Nasser said Egyptians will always remember in agony and grief the tragedy of Mohammed Mahmoud Street. “Many of us lost a friend or a brother during the clashes.”
“A friend of mine called Abdul Rahman Qasim was wounded by a bullet last year but he refused compensation because we were not willing to lose our souls for money,” he said, adding : “We still call upon the state to shoulder its responsibilities and provide more care for revolutionaries and the families of martyrs, said Hassan.
Nassar insisted that marches on Monday did not call for any violence but with “Infiltrators’ interference, things fell apart.”