Machine Guns Fired Off in Tahrir Square – Petrol Bombs Tossed Near Cairo Museum
Machine gunfire was heard on Wednesday night, shortly after Egyptian state television ordered all demonstrators to evacuate Cairo’s Tahrir (Liberation) Square. Al Jazeera reported that anti-government protesters remained in the square, chanting “Leave! Leave!” at Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, as ambulances were stationed in the area.
Molotov cocktails were tossed near the Cairo Museum as the violence escalated.
Earlier in the day pro-government thugs thundered through the crowds on horses and camels in the square. Several of the riders were pulled off his horse and beaten. State-run television said the riders were pyramid workers who were protesting the negative economic impact of the crisis.