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Egyptians mark 'Friday of rage' in Tahrir Square

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Demonstrators pray in Tahrir square in Cairo during a protest demanding that the army hand over power to the civilians, on Jan. 27.

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An Egyptian man reacts in Tahrir Square during Friday prayers on Jan. 27 in Cairo, Egypt. People prayed in the square just days after the tens of thousands celebrated in Cairo's Tahrir Square marking the first anniversary of the uprising which toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

AP reports:

Large marches of protesters chanting anti-military slogans streamed from mosques around Cairo to join tens of thousands massed in central Tahrir Square in a new uprising anniversary rally Friday, with many demanding an early transfer of power by the ruling military and the trial of generals for the killing of protesters.

Tensions erupted when one march of hundreds of protesters headed toward the Defense Ministry building and was met by dozens of supporters of the military who chanted "the army and people are one hand." The pro-military group formed a human chain across an intersection, but the protesters pushed through them, shouting "down with military rule."

The protests, which included mass rallies in other Egyptian cities, commemorated the first anniversary of the "Friday of Rage," one of the bloodiest days of the 18-day wave of protests a year ago that ousted President Hosni Mubarak.

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Suhaib Salem / Reuters

Demonstrators take part in a protest demanding the army to hand power to civilians, at Tahrir square in Cairo on Jan. 27.

Suhaib Salem / Reuters

A woman holds the Egyptian flag during a protest demanding the army to hand power to civilians, at Tahrir square in Cairo on Jan. 27.