Egypt imposes curfew after massive protests against military rule

The major bone of contention appears to be the disqualification of Salafist candidate Hazem Abu Ismail from running for president. Tens of thousands of his supporters have demonstrated in front of the defense ministry over the past few days. But tens of thousands more are protesting the continuation of military rule. And that could be more serious than the Islamist uprising. Reuters: The military imposed a 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. curfew (2100 GMT to 0500 GMT) in the Abbasiya district around the defense ministry for the second straight day, according to a military source. The streets were calm on Saturday as cleaners swept up rocks and other projectiles hurled by protestors during the previous night's violence. Troops responded with fired teargas and charged the crowd to drive them from the ministry. Eleven people were killed in disturbances on Wednesday. The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said at least 18 journalists had been assaulted, injured or arrested while...(Read Full Post)