2 Protesters Are Killed in Cairo’s Tahrir Square
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The violence is likely to pose new challenges for the military, which has faced increased anger from civilians after widespread allegations that it has tortured protesters in recent weeks and that it is moving too slowly to replace holdovers from Mr. Mubarak’s authoritarian rule. On Saturday, the ruling military council did not back down, saying it would clear remaining protesters from the square with "firmness and force" to allow life to return to normal, Reuters reported. A senior military officer earlier in the day blamed the trouble at the square on people sent there by those loyal to Mr. Mubarak.