New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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Mubarak backers, foes clash in Cairo
By The Associated Press
CAIRO — Supporters of President Hosni Mubarak charged into Cairo's central square on horses and camels brandishing whips while others rained firebombs from rooftops in what appeared to he an orchestrated assault against protesters trying to topple Hgypt’s leader of 30 years. Three people died and f>(X) were injured.
The protesters accused Mubarak’s regime of unleashing a force of paid thugs and plainclothes police to crush their unprecedented 9-day-old movement, a day after the 82-year-old president refused to step down. They showed off police II) badges they said were wrested from their attackers. Some government workers said their employers
ordered them into the streets.
Mustafa el-Fiqqi, a top official from the ruling National Democratic Party, told The Associated Press that businessmen connected to the ruling party were responsible for what happened.
The notion that the state may have coordinated violence against protesters, who had kept a peaceful vigil in Tahrir Square for five days, prompted a sharp rebuke from Washington.
“If any of the violence is instigated by the government, it should stop immediately," said White House ITess Secretary Robert Gibbs.
Ihe clashes marked a dangerous new phase in Egypt's upheaval: the first significant violence between government supporters and opponents. The crisis took a sharp turn for the worse almost immediately after Mubarak rejected the calls for him to give up power or leave the country,
stubbornly proclaiming he would die on Egyptian soil.
His words were a blow to the protesters. They also suggest that authorities want to turn back the ckxrk to the tight state control enforced before the protests began.
Mubarak’s supporters turned up on the streets Wednesday in significant numbers for the first time. Some were hostile to journalists and foreigners. IWo Associated Press correspondents and several other journalists were roughed up in Cairo. State TV had reported that foreigners were caught distributing anti-Mubarak leaflets, apparently trying to depict the movement as foreign-ftieled.
After midnight, 10 hours after the clashes began, the two sides were locked in a standoff at a street comer, with the anti-Mubarak protesters hunkered behind a line of metal sheets hurling firebombs back and forth with
government backers on the rooftop above. The rain of bottles of flaming gasoline set nearby cars and wreckage on the sidewalk ablaze.
I he scenes of mayhem were certain to add to the fear that is already running high in this capital of 18 million people after a weekend of looting and lawlessness and the escape of thousands of prisoners from jails in the chaos.
Soldiers surrounding Tahrir Square fired occasional shots in the air throughout the day but did not appear to otherwise intervene in the fierce clashes and no uniformed police were seen.
Most of the troops took shelter behind or inside the armored vehicles and tanks stationed at the entrances to the square.
"Why don’t you protect us?” some protesters shouted at the soldiers, who replied they did not have orders to do so and told people to go home.
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Sawyer sought the testimony from the girl’s grandmother about the girl’s statements alleging abuse by her biological father and grandfather and the grandmother’s failure to report it. Sawyer also wanted to call a neighbor whom the girl had once accused of shooting her dog, and a Burleson County deputy who responded to the alleged dog shooting incident and another case involving the girl’s accounts regarding someone who allegedly stole a transmission from a car.
On the stand, the alleged victim said she had no memory of the transmission theft story, but admitted to fabricating the account of the neighbor shooting the dog.
McCrary said none of those witnesses had nothing to do with the Clark case. Shaver, however, said any testimony from those witnesses must focus on relevant matters pertaining to the trial. Outside the presence of the jury, both sides were to hear from a nurse investigating the girl’s sexual assault claims to determine whether her testimony would be allowed.
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