Hundreds of Egyptians on Wednesday clashed with the police for the second day in protest against the slow prosecution of security officials responsible for deaths during the uprising that ousted president Hosni Mubarak.
More than 590 have been injured in the clashes between security forces and more than 5,000 protesters in the iconic Tahrir Square, according to witnesses and medical officials.
The landmark Square, which was the epicenter of 18-day protest that ousted President Mubarak in February, was sealed off as security forces tried to regain control from demonstrators, Al Jazeera news channel reported.
The clashes broke out on Tuesday night when hundreds of people, including the families of those killed in the anti-Mubarak uprising began marching towards the Tahrir Square to protest the slow prosecution of security officers responsible for the deaths.
Egyptian prime minister Essam Sharaf was quoted as saying that he ordered the police to withdraw from Tahrir Square to reduce tension.