Monday, 11 February 2013 20:08
CAIRO: Egypt's security forces were on high alert on Monday ahead of pro-democracy protests to mark the second anniversary of former president Hosni Mubarak's ouster, a police official told AFP.
Authorities have boosted security around the presidential palace, the interior ministry and around Cairo's Tahrir Square, as well as around key public installations, the official said.
Marches were due to set off at 5:00 pm (1500 GMT) towards Tahrir epicentre of protests that toppled Mubarak and the presidential palace where violent protests have been staged against Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.
"There will also be extra security around the main metro stations after some groups threatened to block the tracks," the official said.
Protesters briefly blocked trains in a central Cairo metro station, scuffling with passengers and metro police, and a major bridge, witnesses and state media reported.
Opposition parties and movements have called for a day of action, demanding Morsi fulfill the goals of the ...