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Egypt - Jan 27, 2012 - 23:59

Last modified: 27 Jan 2012 20:59

Islamists and liberal, secular-leaning protesters appeared to be divided over the message they were trying to send on Friday.

The Muslim Brotherhood, which swept the majority of seats in recently concluded elections for the new lower house of parliament with its Freedom and Justice Party, occupied a part of the square where the mood was celebratory.

On the other side of Tahrir, the chants were strongly anti-military and some shouted against the Brotherhood, yelling "Get off the stage" to Brotherhood supporters who set up a platform in the square.

The Brotherhood supporters attempted to drown out the chants by blaring the national anthem and religious recordings from loudspeakers.

The tensions erupted into scuffles between Brotherhood supporters and liberal protesters at one point, the AP reported, with each side hurling rocks and bottles at each other in the square. There were no immediate reports of injury.