CAIRO — Cairo police fought protesters demanding an end to army rule for a third day on Monday and morgue officials said the death toll had risen to 33, making it the worst spasm of violence since the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak.
The bloodshed in and around Cairo’s Tahrir Square, epicenter of the anti-Mubarak revolt, threatens to disrupt Egypt’s first free parliamentary election in decades, due to start next week.
Clashes have raged on and off since police used batons and tear gas to try to disperse a sit-in in Tahrir on Saturday.
Demonstrations were also taking place in Alexandria, Ismailia, Suez and Al Arish in Sinai, NBC News’ Richard Engel reported from Cairo on Monday. Protesters vowed to organize a “million man” march in Cairo on Tuesday.
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