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Egyptians March On Defense Ministry

Pro-democracy protesters shout slogans as they gather on Cairo's Tahrir Square on July 22, 2011
Several thousand protesters have attempted to march on the Ministry of Defense in the Egyptian capital, Cairo.

AP says armored vehicles and hundreds of military officers, however, blocked the path of the protesters late on July 22.

The march came after reports of scuffles between demonstrators and soldiers in Alexandria, Cairo and the Suez Canal city of Suez.

Those protests followed a court's decision to free on bail 10 policemen accused of killing protesters during the uprising that overthrew President Hosni Mubarak in February.

The ruling military council denied authorities had used force against demonstrators at any of the protests.

On its Facebook page, the military council accused the April 6 Movement -- one of the groups behind the uprising -- of trying to drive a wedge between the armed forces and the people.

Earlier on July 22, protesters turned out in Cairo's Tahrir Square for what they called "the Friday of decisiveness."

That turnout came a day after the prime minister replaced nearly half his Cabinet, a move demanded by protesters but dismissed by many as not going far enough.

compiled from press reports