Tahrir Square Nov. 18, 2011 (AP)
Protesters chant slogans in Tahrir Square, the focal point of the uprising that ousted President Hosni Mubarak, in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, Nov. 18, 2011. Photo by AP
Text size

Egypt's riot police are dismantling tents and arresting hold-out activists as they clear out protesters from central Cairo's Tahrir Square.

Scuffles broke out on Saturday between the police and a small number of protesters, who had spent the night in the square following massive demonstrations the day before.

Police were seen beating activists who challenged them and an Associated Press cameraman saw police arrest three people who refused to leave.

Tens of thousands of Islamists and young activists massed in Tahrir Square on Friday, confronting Egypt's ruling military council. The military tolerates daytime demonstrations in the central square, a symbol of the country's Jan. 25-Feb. 11 uprising, but claims that long-term occupation paralyzes the city.