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Nine Wounded In Clashes At Bar Association

February 8, 1989

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ Feuding lawyers tried to storm the Egyptian Bar Association building in downtown Cairo on Tuesday, and nine people were injured in ensuing clashes with other lawyers and with police, security sources said.

They said two policemen, a lieutenant colonel and a sergeant, were hurt along with four lawyers and three workers who were repairing damage to the two-story villa caused by violence last month. All injuries were minor.

Rival groups within the association have been bickering for months over allegations that the association’s governing council and its chairman, Ahmed Khawaga, are guilty of financial mismanagement.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said about 70 anti- council lawyers tried to storm the building Tuesday, jumping over the outer fence, racing across the small surrounding garden and diving through windows in the villa.

Attackers and pro-council members fought each other inside the building with fists, stones and tree branches.

Police forces stepped in with clubs to break up the melee, the informants said.

The dissidents, led by Ahmed Nasser, occupied the building on Jan. 19 and held it for four days.

Shots that police said were fired from inside the building wounded a man on the street on Jan. 23, leading security forces to storm the building. Twelve lawyers holed up inside were arrested and remain in jail.

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