Egypt’s first post-Mubarek elections are less than a month away, but the situation in the country is still looking worryingly tense.
RFE/RL reports that at least nine people have died in clashes outside the Defence Ministry, where protestors had been calling for an end to military rule. According to the Independent, most of the protestors were supporters of Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, an ultraconservative Islamist. They had been camping in the area since Saturday.
Two Islamist candidates, Abdel Moneim Abul Fotouh and Mohammed Mursi, have suspended their campaigns in the wake of the violence.
There’s now multiple videos of the clashes on YouTube, which show pitched street battles and a large amount of gunfire.
Another remarkable video taken at the weekend shows youths throwing stones before one young man takes a gun and shoots the cameraman.
Incredibly the blog Egyptian Chronicles appears to have found the shooter’s Facebook page.
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