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Tensions high as Egypt protesters accuse Army of turning on them

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Cairo

Tensions are high in Egypt after a deadly weekend in which the Army, for the first time since it rolled into the streets Jan. 28, appeared to have used live ammunition to disperse protesters from Cairo's Tahrir Square, killing at least one and injuring scores.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which has ruled the country since pro-democracy protesters forced the ouster of former President Hosni Mubarak on Feb. 11, said Saturday that it did not fire live ammunition at protesters. It blamed the violence on thugs paid by remnants of Mr. Mubarak’s regime to turn popular opinion against them.

But multiple witnesses of Friday's clashes described seeing and hearing gunfire from the Army, and many of the protesters now say they've been betrayed by the same institution that had acted as the guardian of their revolution.

 

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