Marking the second anniversary of a day of bloodshed in Egypt
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 01:40
Nov. 18 - Security is high in the Egyptian capital as protesters prepare to commemorate the two year anniversary of clashes that killed dozens. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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Panic on the streets of Cairo in 2011.
On November 19th that year more than 40 protesters were killed in clashes near Tahrir Square.
Some of the dozens of protesters who were killed died from bullet wounds, although the police denied that their forces used live fire.
The anniversary of the clashes comes at a sensitive time for the military backed interim government, which ousted the elected government of Islamist president Mohamed Mursi in July following mass protests against him.
Some say Mursi squandered his opportunity born out of the revolt.
(SOUNDBITE)(Arabic) EGYPTIAN MAN, OSAMA IBRAHIM, SAYING:
"God willing the day will pass by peacefully and the families of the martyrs and their friends will have a chance to hold their commemoration on this day, in remembrance of those who freed us from the nightmare we were living through. Thank God we were given a chance, but it wasn't taken advantage of by the ousted President Mohamed Mursi."
As Egyptians prepare to mark the second anniversary of the bloodshed the military backed government is moving ahead with building a memorial to those who have died since the fall of Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.
Security forces have closed off Tahrir square ahead of demonstrations
Thousands of Egyptians have died as a result of the political turmoil that followed Mubarak's ouster, but to date there have been few successful prosecutions for the killing of protesters.
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