Mugamma closed for second day ahead of protests, causing scuffles

Tahrir Square remained calm Monday morning ahead of planned protests against President Mohamed Morsy, called for to coincide with the two-year anniversary of former President Hosni Mubarak’s resignation.

Protesters continued to close the Mugamma for a second consecutive day, sometimes clashing with employees and other people attempting to access the building.

Protesters also closed off the square’s entrances with metal fences, sandbags and barbed wires and ordered vendors out of the area. Some youths hurled Molotov cocktails at security forces stationed behind the wall on Qasr al-Aini Street, to which personnel did not respond.

Other protesters organized a football match, with each team named after a well-known clash between security forces and protesters.

The metro has also prepared for protesters trying to block trains, assigning security groups at the Sadat and Shohadaa stations.

An metro official said each security group contains 60 agents who can handle protests without violence.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm

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