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What They Do Vs. What They Say

December 18, 2011

As if no one will notice.

Egypt’s military rulers escalated a bloody crackdown on street protesters Saturday, beating them and setting their tents ablaze, even as the prime minister denied in a televised news conference that security forces were using violence.

The prime minister, Kamel Ganzouri, issued his denial that the military had or would use force in a news conference Saturday morning after more than 24 hours of street fighting in front of the military-occupied Parliament building that left nine dead from bullet wounds and hundreds wounded. For more than 12 hours on Friday, men in plain clothes, accompanied by a few in uniform, stood on top of the “people’s assembly” and hurled chunks of concrete and stone taken from inside the building down at the crowd of demonstrators several stories below.

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