CAIRO: A security official says about 80 people were hurt when clashes erupted between protesters and angry street vendors at Cairo’s Tahrir Square.
The violence broke out after polls closed on Tuesday night following the first two days of voting in Egypt’s parliamentary elections.
The protesters, who have camped out for more than 10 days at the square demanding the military rulers step down, tried to clear the area of street vendors, who brought in thugs and hurled stones and fire balls back.
After the clashes subsided early Wednesday, the protesters lined up metal barricades and dumpsters to protect their camp.
The official says the injured were taken to hospital. He spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.