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Egypt: Clashes at unemployment protest

Jan. 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM   |   Comments

DOKKI, Egypt, Jan. 22 (UPI) -- Demonstrators and police clashed in front of Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Qandil's home after a sit-in protesting unemployment in the country, officials said.

The April 6 Youth Movement had arranged the week-long sit-in in Dokki to protest to rising unemployment, Egypt Independent reported Monday. At least 3.4 million Egyptians were unemployed during the second half of 2012, reports by the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics indicated.

Police said they arrested April 6 member Mohamed al-Assad after he allegedly threw a gasoline bomb at a police truck at Qandil's home.

Another April 6 member, Mohamed Kamal, said al-Assad was not responsible for the incident because it was an infiltrator hired at the scene who threw the improvised explosive.

Twelve other people at the sit-in were also arrested, al-Ahram Online reported.

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