The honeymoon period is definitely over for the Egyptian army and the Tahrir revolutionaries.The army – once heralded for protecting demonstrators – is cracking down on protests in advance of Saturday’s referendum, Time magazine reports. Witnesses and local activists say security forces have waged a full-on assault against demonstrators in Tahrir Square and are accusing the army of torturing pro-democracy activists in military detention.
Amid these allegations, Egypt announced yesterday that it would disband the much-loathed state security organisation. But officials said a new domestic security agency will replace the old one.
All this suggests Egypt’s old guard is very much alive and determined to outlast the revolution .
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