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Deadly New Clashes in Egypt's Tahrir Square

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Over the weekend, Cairo's Tahrir Square once again was the home of massive protests against the country's leadership. This time, both secular and Islamist groups gathered in the tens of thousands for a "Friday of One Demand." Together, they called on Egypt's new military rulers to honor their promise to leave power after the fall of former dictator Hosni Mubarak in February. Riot police and military units descended on the square, breaking up encampments, making arrests, brutally beating some, and firing tear gas and rubber bullets into the crowd. (Egyptian doctors are claiming that live ammunition has been found in several bodies.) According to the Ministry of Health, the toll as of this morning includes least 1,500 injured and a minimum of 23 dead. The renewed clashes come just one week before parliamentary elections scheduled for a week from today, a vote that now may be jeopardized. Gathered here are photos from Tahrir Square this weekend, as Egyptians once again took to the streets to be heard and paid dearly in their clashes with security forces. [36 photos]

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A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the interior ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on November 20, 2011. Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
A masked protester throws a gas canister towards Egyptian riot police, not seen, near the interior ministry during clashes in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on November 20, 2011. Firing tear gas and rubber bullets, Egyptian riot police on Sunday clashed for a second day with thousands of rock-throwing protesters demanding that the ruling military quickly announce a date to hand over power to an elected government. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill)
Tens of thousands of Egyptians gather during a demonstration at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 18, 2011. Over 50,000 Egyptian protesters flocked to Cairo's Tahrir square on Friday to pressure the military government to transfer power to elected civilian rule, after the cabinet tried to enshrine the army's role in a constitutional proposal. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) #
Tens of thousands of Egyptian protesters wave national flags during a rally held in Cairo's landmark Tahrir Square on November 18, 2011 with the aim of pushing Egypt's ruling military to cede power, 10 months after an uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak's regime. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #
A man takes part in Friday prayers while on top of a light pole at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 18, 2011. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) #
Egyptians attend Friday prayers at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 18, 2011. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) #
Ahmed Abu Duma, an activist and opposition writer, flashes a peace sign front of Egyptian riot police during clashes at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 19, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
Protesters throw stones at Egyptian riot police during clashes near the interior ministry in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on November 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
Egyptian riot police clash with protesters in Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on November 19, 2011. Egyptian riot police beat protesters and dismantled a small tent city set up to commemorate revolutionary martyrs in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Saturday. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
A truck burns as Egyptian protesters clash with riot police in Tahrir Square, on November 19, 2011. (Khaled Desouki/AFP/Getty Images) #
A member of security forces stands along a street with debris and fire as the army try to disperse protesters in Cairo, on November 20, 2011. Police backed by the army used batons and teargas on Sunday to charge protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square demanding Eygpt's ruling generals swiftly hand power to civilians, in some of the worst violence since the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) #
Egyptian riot police throw stones during clashes with protesters near the interior ministry in downtown Cairo, Egypt, on November 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #
A protester throws a tear gas canister, which was earlier thrown by riot police, at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
A protester overcome with tear gas inhalation sits on the curb during clashes with the Egyptian riot police near the interior ministry in downtown Cairo, on November 20, 2011. (AP Photo/Tara Todras-Whitehill) #
A wounded protester is rushed to a field hospital near Tahrir Square during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Cairo, on November 20, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
Egyptian security forces stand around motionless bodies in Tahrir Square, on November 20, 2011. (Twitpic from Anjali Kamat) #
Protesters wounded during clashes with Egyptian riot police are treated at a field hospital near Tahrir Square, on November 20, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
A protester has his eyes washed with milk to protect against tear gas, during clashes with police in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A wounded protester is treated at a field hospital during clashes with Egyptian riot police in Tahrir Square, on November 20, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
An Egyptian protester holds canisters during clashes with the Egyptian riot police, unseen, in Tahrir Square, on November 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid) #
A protester stands on top of a burning building during clashes with police in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A protester stands in a burning building during clashes with police in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A protester, with spent ammunition casings on his fingers, flashes the victory sign in front of a burning building during clashes with police at a road, which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
A protester climbs a burned building to help rescue residents trapped by fire, during clashes with police in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
Egyptian riot police clash with protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 19, 2011. (Reuters/Stringer) #
Egyptian riot police clash with protesters at Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 19, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
An Egyptian protester throws a rock at riot police after they leave Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 19, 2011. (Reuters/Mohamed Abd El-Ghany) #
A protester sits inside broken windows in a damaged building belonging to The American University in Cairo as he watches the clashes at a road, which leads to the Interior Ministry, near Tahrir Square, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Amr Abdallah Dalsh) #
Protesters take cover behind makeshift barricades as riot police fire tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
Protesters run from tear gas fired by riot police in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A riot policeman aims a shotgun with rubber bullets at protesters, next to plainclothes policemen during clashes in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
Protesters carry a man injured during clashes with riot police firing tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
An Egyptian protester gestures during the clashes with Egyptian riot police, unseen, in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (AP Photo/Mohammed Abu Zaid) #
Protesters run away from riot police firing tear gas and rubber-covered bullets in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
Police prepare to fire tear gas at protesters during clashes near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Asmaa Waguih) #
A riot policeman fires a shotgun with rubber bullets at protesters during clashes in a side street near Tahrir Square in Cairo, on November 21, 2011. (Reuters/Goran Tomasevic) #
A protester carries stones to throw during clashes with Egyptian riot police near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on November 21, 2011. Security forces fired tear gas and clashed Monday with several thousand protesters in Cairo's Tahrir Square in the third straight day of violence that has killed more than two dozen people and has turned into the most sustained challenge yet to the rule of Egypt's military.(AP Photo/Khalil Hamra) #

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