Security forces moved into Cairo’s Tahrir Square on Monday to make the protesters who had gathered there leave, the ones who did not want to leave voluntarily were severely beaten. Eyewitnesses reported that security forces beat and arrested several protesters and what sounded like gun shots could be heard.
Police officers did not use tear gas or water cannon on the protesters like they have in the past. The security forces tore down tents and most of the protesters left peacefully.
Protesters returned to Tahrir Square on July 8th, frustrated by “the (government) slow pace of change”. They are demanding faster trials of police officers accused of killing protesters during the demonstrations that topped Mubarak; as well as the end of military tribunals; the abolition of the emergency law; and economic reforms such as the establishment of a minimum wage.