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New clash between protesters, police erupts in Cairo

(Xinhua)

18:41, December 16, 2011

CAIRO, Dec. 16 (Xinhua) -- Protesters and military police threw stones at each other on Friday morning near the cabinet building in downtown Cairo, after weeks of peaceful sit-in of dozens of protesters who rejected the newly appointed prime minister, witnesses said.

The clashes happened after a rumor spread that one protester was arrested and beaten by police, said Islam Khalid, one of the protesters in front of the cabinet building. One vehicle was set ablaze, he added.

Local media reported several cases of injuries in the fresh clashes.

On Wednesday, 65 protesters fell ill after they ate sandwiches offered by a veiled woman. Some protesters thought the incident was intentionally planned to force the protesters out of the area, according to Khalid. Health authorities said there were no death case in the food poisoning incident.

The demonstrators opposed the military council's appointment of 78-year-old Kamal el-Ganzouri as the new prime minister on Nov. 25 and demanded an immediate transfer of power.

Prior to the landmark parliamentary vote which started on Nov. 28, mass protests and clashes between protesters and security forces had left 42 dead and thousands injured. Ex-premier Essam Sharaf's cabinet resigned after the worst violence since the fall of former president Hosni Mubarak in February.

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