Egypt arrests 12 Black Bloc members

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Egyptian authorities arrested 12 members of the Black Bloc movement Saturday after violent clashes outside Cairo’s presidential palace, the official MENA news agency confirmed.

A security source told MENA that activists hurled rocks and firebombs at the walls of the presidential palace in Heliopolis and torched a police vehicle.

“Security forces arrested 12 youths who were among rioters involved in the events around the presidential palace on Friday,” the source said.

State television reported that “clashes between the police and the Black Bloc at the presidential palace wounded 20 people,” Your Middle East reports.

Police fired tear gas to disperse the masked activists of the Black Bloc movement, a security source told AFP. Three security personnel, including two officers, were among those hurt.

Members of the Black Bloc movement in Egypt are against its ruling Muslim Brotherhood and typically wear black clothing, scarves, sunglasses, ski masks, etc., to conceal identities and appear as a unified mass.

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