Po­lice beat demon­stra­tors

Los Angeles Times - - The World -

Egyp­tian po­lice beat and ar­rested anti-govern­ment ac­tivists demon­strat­ing out­side the down­town pres­i­den­tial palace against the pos­si­bil­ity of the pres­i­dent’s son suc­ceed­ing his fa­ther.

About 300 pro­test­ers chanted anti-govern­ment slo­gans, waved flags and burned pic­tures of the pres­i­dent while hun­dreds of black-clad riot po­lice sur­rounded them in tight cor­dons. Many oth­ers were pre­vented from even reach­ing the square in cen­tral Cairo.

Shov­ing matches broke out be­tween pro­test­ers and se­cu­rity forces and some ac­tivists were de­tained.

The rally was protest­ing widely ru­mored plans for 82year-old Pres­i­dent Hosni Mubarak to be suc­ceeded by his son Ga­mal, who is a high­rank­ing mem­ber of the rul­ing party.

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